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Government

  • Council raises tax rate 2 cents

        On a 6-1 vote last Tuesday, Bedford Town Council passed a 2 cent tax increase to the real estate tax rate, raising the rate to 32 cents per $100 of valuation.
        The increase means town of Bedford residents will pay a rate of 84 cents for the upcoming fiscal year, with the addition of the county’s tax rate of 52 cents per $100 of valuation added to the town’s rate.
        Still, Bedford Town Manager Charles Kolakowski noted that town residents are paying less than they did when Bedford was still a city.

  • GOP candidates speak to Dems

        It was an unusual event--two Republicans were the guests at a meeting of local Democrats last week.

  • Board gives school system more funds

        Bedford County’s board of supervisors voted 6-0, Monday night, to adopt a budget that provides an increase in school funding. District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington was not present.
        The increase comes from funds that still remained unallocated.     The    school division will get  $735,000 out of the $784,000 total. The rest was assigned to the contingency fund.

  • Council delays decision on tax rate

        Bedford Town Council continued to wrestle with the possibility of raising real estate taxes last week.
        Town Council had earlier asked Town Manager Charles Kolakowski to rework a budget that originally called for a five cent increase in the real estate tax rate and a 4 percent increase in the electric rate. Kolakowski came back with a budget that contains a two cent real estate tax rate and that’s the rate that was advertised.
        Some members of Council were still uncomfortable with a tax hike.

  • County tax rate to stay the same

        Bedford County’s tax rate will remain unchanged for the coming fiscal year.
        Monday night, after a public hearing, the supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the advertised tax rate. Under state law, the supervisors could not have set a rate higher than the one they advertised, but they could have gone lower.

  • Arrington won’t seek reelection

        This time he means it; he really is going to give up his seat on the board of supervisors.
        “I am not going to seek reelection for a fourth term,” said District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington.
        Back at the end of 2013 Arrington announced he was resigning his position on the board of supervisors. But he never did step down.

  • Some parking fines going up in Bedford

        Some parking fines and late fees are going up in the town of Bedford, the result of action by Bedford Town Council at its last meeting.
        Parking tickets remain at $10 and offenders have an extra three days to pay the fine. But if they fail to pay in a timely matter, the fines will increase to $20.
        There are also significant increases in fees for illegally parking in fire lanes or in handicapped spots.

  • Reeter to step down

        Mark Reeter has announced he is stepping down as Bedford County Administrator as of April 30.

  • Bell tower renovation to start soon

        A full-scale renovation of the Bedford County Courthouse’s bell tower is expected to begin within 45 days, according to County Administrator Mark Reeter. The courthouse’s front will be enveloped in scaffolding.

  • Local police cars promote domestic violence awareness

        A couple of striking police cars have taken to the roads and streets in the Bedford area. What really draws attention to them is that they are purple.

        Leanne Dudley, director of Bedford Domestic Violence Services, came up with the idea. She said she was looking for something new and different to promote domestic violence awareness. October is dedicated to the subject and the organization comes up with all sorts of purple themed  reminders,  but domestic violence happens all year.