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Government

  • Town meals tax going up

        Bedford Town Council adopted a budget last week that contains a hike in the meals tax rate. However, the transient occupancy tax rate will stay where it is.

  • County budget passes

        Bedford County now has a budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
        The budget, which calls for $94 million in general fund expenditures, passed on a 4-3 vote with District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson, District 4 Supervisor John Sharp, District 5 Supervisor Tommy Scott and Board Chairman Steve Wilkerson voting in favor. District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin, District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley and District 7 Supervisor Kevin Willis cast the dissenting votes.

  • Farmer’s Market season begins

        The Bedford Farmer’s Market is alive and growing.

  • Town to increase base electric charge

        Although electric usage rates will stay the same for town electric customers, the monthly base rates they pay are going up, effective July 1.
        The monthly customer charge will rise from the current $13.28 to $20. The electric department has 5,680 customers and this increase will generate $458,000 in additional revenue.

  • Bedford FD members take course to use UAS

        A year ago the Bedford Fire Department made national headlines when it used an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)—more commonly known as a drone—to help locate a lost hiker on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Chamber members briefed on General Assembly session

        A portion of the Bedford area’s General Assembly delegation, Senator Steve Newman, Delegate Scott Garrett and Delegate Terry Austin, addressed a Chamber of Commerce breakfast gathering Thursday morning.

        “We’re all still missing Lacey Putney,” commented Newman.

  • Board hears from public on budget

        Bedford Science and Technology Center’s Susie Gibson Auditorium was almost empty when the supervisors held a public hearing on the budget Monday evening.
        “We had 22 requests for new positions,” said Board Chairman Steve Wilkerson. “We funded six.” He added that the board funded a third of the school board’s request.

  • Work would cost $2.7M to improve hydroelectric plant’s efficiency

        Bedford’s Snowden hydroelectric plant has been generating electricity on the James River for 106 years. And it’s showing its age.

        Major upgrades needed over the next several years could cost $2.7 million.

  • Town not planning property tax hike

        Bedford Town Manager Charles Kolakowski has prepared a proposed budget, for Town Council approval, that calls for $9 million in general fund expenditures. This is a $600,000 increase over the current fiscal year budget.
        It also has calls for a $986,000 solid waste fund and a $23 million electric fund. Both of these are enterprise funds and funded by user fees, rather than tax money.

  • Bedford County Sheriff's Office loses top investigator, friend

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office lost one of its best investigators when cancer claimed Lt. Darryl Saunders last week. Saunders was lieutenant of the criminal investigations unit.

        “It left a big hole over here,” commented Major Ricky Gardner. “I’ve been here 30 years and he was here 28 years.”
        Saunders held a number of positions over the years, including road deputy and canine officer.