ABLEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Wednesday night, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors held what could have been their last work session on the proposed budget before hearing the public's feedback.

Supervisors will soon decide whether they will have one more session to discuss the matter, if need be.

During the work session, county officials discussed raising the personal property tax rate while maintaining the real property tax rate.

"We set the maximum tax rates for consideration," said Jim Andrews, chair of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

It's been a busy few weeks for the board. They've been working on the budget that was recommended to them on February 21.

"When we looked at the budget in detail we identified several things that weren't funded that we felt were particularly important for the public's safety and security," said Andrews.

To fund and maintain county emergency services, Andrews says the board has made some changes to what was recommended to them.

"We've proposed to increase the personal property tax by $0.54," he said.

Andrews says that charging 54 cents per $100 would bring the county to a revenue level consistent with that in fiscal year 2022, before they dropped the tax by 86 cents in response to high car prices and other drastic supply chain issues. He says the current real property tax will remain.

"We have talked to people at town halls and they recognize that these public safety needs for ambulance service, for fire service, for additional police are being requested by the public," said Andrews.

Andrews says a lot of the revenue collected will help the county's schools too.

"When we adjust these tax rates, that is also providing significant additional revenue under this proposed rate, an additional $3 million for the schools," he said.

Andrews says they have also proposed to raise the lodging tax by one cent. The first public hearing will be held on April 17. There will be another on April 24.