Monday, February 09, 2009

Augusta tax revolt ... citizen update

Augusta Citizens Against Unfair Assessments....

March 11, 2009 - Please attend Board of Supervisors Meeting
Petitions that are being circulated around Augusta County will be turned into the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday March 11, 2009, at 7 pm at the Government Center in Verona. Please plan to attend. This will be the opportunity for those who want to address the Board or to just show support by being there. Send a message to the Board ... invite your neighbors, family, and friends.

Petitions available
Petitions asking the Board of Supervisors to roll back real estate assessments to 2004 levels are available throughout the community, online, or by contacting us. We would like them returned by March 9, if possible ... Francis Chester's address is on the petition if you would like to mail it, or you may drop it by his office in Churchville. If you are unable to return them, please bring with you to the March 11 Board of Supervisors meeting.

1) Online: Here is the location of the online petition.

2) Hard copy: Contact us if you want an emailed petition.

3) Hard copy locations throughout community:
Please note: The petition in the Churchville Library has been removed by the county.

Tractor Supply (Staunton)
Zelma's (Staunton)
Jiffy Mart on Grubert Ave (Staunton)
Memorial Baptist Church (Staunton)
Obaugh Pontiac-Buick-GMC (Staunton)
Eavers Tire (Fishersville)
7-11 Store (Fishersville - Rt. 250 at Woodrow Wilson Rehab)
Obaugh Chevrolet-Buick (Waynesboro)
Bookkeeping Management (Waynesboro)
Ace Gift Store - Acedemy of CE, Inc (Waynesboro)
Mark Martin's Auto World (Rt. 250 west of Waynesboro)
Middlebrook General Store (Middlebrook)
Jake's Convenience Store (Rt. 250 west of Staunton)
Riverside Grocery (Churchville)
T-Bone Tooter (Churchville)
Eavers Tire (Stuarts Draft)
Eavers Amaco (Stuarts Draft)
Greenville Trading Post (Greenville)
BB&T (Greenville)
Chancellor Stone (Vesuvius)
Gertie's Store (Vesuvius)
Midway Machine & Parts (Steeles Tavern)
Augusta Co-Op (Fairfield)
Junction (Buffalo Gap)
Deerfield Convenience Store (Deerfield)
West Augusta Convenience Store (W. Augusta)

Board of Supervisors Contact Information
Supervisors may be reached for comments about real estate assessments:

- Augusta Government Center Phone: (540) 245-5600
- County Assessor's Office: (540) 245-5628

- Jeremy Shifflett, Beverley Manor
Cell Phone: 540.294.2289
- Gerald Garber, Middle River
Home: (540) 234-8388
- Larry Howdyshell, North River
Home: (540) 350-2591
- Tracy Pyles, Pastures
Home: (540) 337-7010
- Nancy Sorrells, Riverheads
Home: (540) 377-6390
- David Beyeler, South River
Home: (540) 943-3202
- Wendell Coleman, Wayne
Home: (540) 430-1350

Tuesday meeting update
The townhall meeting Tuesday night, February 3, was a huge success with 600 residents attending to learn from Supervisor Tracy Pyles and local attorney Francis Chester how to make their voices heard at the Government Center.

Much correspondence has been received from people who could not find parking so were unable to attend but wanted petitions to circulate and sign so we are getting petitions to them.

Phone calls and email messages
Thank you for contacting us. If you have called and left a message, we apologize if we haven't gotten back with you yet. We have been inundated with calls and emails and are working through the list.

Thank you, Augusta County!
One person wrote on Facebook that Augusta County residents were "packed like sardines" in the meeting Tuesday night and added, "But they were 600 of the nicest people I've ever met." We heard not one grumble or complaint as we scrambled to accommodate the large crowd. Thank you for your patience and understanding. And thank you for your kind words of encouragement.

Together, Augusta ... we can make a difference!

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