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Augusta Supervisors Eye Tax Increase as Schools Request More Funding

Posted: Updated: March 28, 2013 10:39 AM EDT

Augusta County supervisors are looking at a tax increase to help meet the school board's needs. 

Augusta County School Board members are asking for an additional $2.5 million from the county to maintain full health benefits for their part-time workers, among other things. 

A 5-cent real estate tax increase would bring in an additional $3 million in revenue, and half would go to the schools.

Wednesday night, bus drivers and cafeteria workers filled the board room at Verona.

"You see my pay stub. Ask yourself if you look at it, can you live on that a month? But we do the best we can, because we love our job," said Clarence Adams, an Augusta County school bus driver. 

"I'm telling you if our insurance is cut you're going to lose a lot of good workers," said Wilda Barnes, an Augusta County cafeteria worker. 

Supervisors are hoping to hear from the public at their April 17 budget meeting.

Reported by Tara Todd

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