WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) - In Waynesboro, feedback is mixed when it comes to the tax rate.

City Council hosted a public hearing on Monday, May 13, to discuss the tax rate, which went up more than 7% this year due to reassessments.

Some say this increase, combined with last year's hike to pay for the high school renovation, is unreasonable and irresponsible to ask of citizens.

“Waynesboro has a wide spectrum of citizens, and a 15% tax increase is a - I would call it a cruel burden on those who are least able to afford a 15% two-year tax increase,” Ken Adams, who spoke at the meeting and supports lower taxes, said.

Others say Waynesboro is playing catch up after years of not doing enough, and they say they want to pay higher taxes if it means working toward a better city with better paid employees.

"Our students, our teachers and policemen, our public workers, and our lowest-income residents who need city services the most got a raw deal,” Harry Coleman, who spoke at the meeting and supports the tax increase, said. “We as a city did not do what is necessary to keep our city moving forward by letting our tax rates get lowered."

In a ranking by highest tax rate of 38 Virginia cities, Waynesboro comes in tied for 30th with a rate of 90 cents per $100 of assessed real estate value.