PULASKI, Va. -

A tax increase could be on the way for homeowners in Pulaski County.

The school district is trying to find a way to fix up its two middle schools, but it's having a hard time figuring out how to pay for it.

The county is looking at two different options.

The district could renovate the two buildings or build a completely new one and consolidate the two schools under one roof.

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors held a public information session Monday to brief residents on the options and to hear from taxpayers.

Most people admitted Monday night that the schools are in dire need of improvements, but they're not willing to pick up the tab for the project.

Dublin Middle School was built in 1952 and Pulaski Middle School was built in 1928. It's clear from the exteriors that both are in need major of improvements, but it's going to come with a hefty cost.

Word of a possible real estate tax hike is not sitting well with people here, especially in this economy.

Some feel like the current buildings are not adequate learning environments for students, while others disagree.

"It's teachers that make a difference, not buildings," said one resident.

One by one residents in Pulaski County took the podium at the county's administration building to talk money and schools.

Pulaski Mayor Jeff Worrell was the first to speak and admit something needs to be done about the schools, but didn't suggest a way to do that.

Majority of the people WDBJ 7 spoke to on Monday are against a new building. They'd prefer to see renovations at each school.

"If your house has leaky pipes and needs a new roof and wiring you dont build a new house, you fix it," said Morgan Welker.

Residents are also concerned about the tax hike. A number of people living in the county are on fixed incomes. They said they wouldn't be able to handle the increase.

"I want the kids to have a nice education, but we cant do it at us old folks expense," said Allan Jarrells.

Aside from the tax hike, a lot of people are concerned about consolidating the two schools under one roof.

"It's probably overwhelming for 6th graders from all of the different elementary schools to come into one larger middle school," said Welker.

A new school comes with a price tag of about $54 million dollars, not including the cost to buy the land.

The renovations are hefty too, but many think it's the best route to go.

"I think the children will get a better education that way because they won't be piled in one place," said Walker.

Some blamed the county for not maintaining the current buildings. They fear the county will neglect the new school building, if it is built.

Monday's information session is the first of many, according to county officials. They hope to make a decision by the end of February.