AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - On Wednesday, April 17, Augusta County leaders will hold a public hearing on the tax rate and next year's proposed budget.

The $98.6 million budget includes a 3% cost of living and merit-based raise for people employed by the county.

Plus, the county will add some new positions including two more emergency dispatchers and a public information officer.

The county advertised a 63-cent real estate tax rate, which is the same as before, but actually means more money for the county due to reassessments.

"We'd certainly prefer to hold it at 63 to be able to do some things that we need to do,” Timmy Fitzgerald, the Augusta County administrator, said. “Certainly, the $1.2 million for schools is a big deal for us - it allows them to purchase the school buses that they would like to purchase."

Supervisors would use their share to invest in capital projects and add four part-time resource officers to the middle schools.

The meeting will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona.