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Government

  • School budget

        The Bedford County School Board  is scheduled to formally present its budget for the 2015-2016 school year on March 23 to the county supervisors.
        On Monday, the supervisors were reluctant to comment on the budget prior to that presentation, but did question where additional funding would come from if that is eventually requested by the school board.

  • Supervisors endorse Virginia Mountains tourism designation

        Bedford County’s supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Monday endorsing a “Virginia Mountains” regional state tourism marketing designation for the county.
        Jerry Craig, the county’s tourism director, told the supervisors the county is currently in the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s “Central Virginia” marketing region.
        “We are the western-most county in the Central Virginia region,” Craig said.

  • Comp plan moves on to supervisors

        No one showed up for the public hearing last week on the county’s revised comprehensive plan. The revised plan, which the planning commission has been working on since 2013, was unanimously forwarded to the board of supervisors after a revision on the section for parks and rec easements.
        “That sounds like a lot of easements,” commented District 4 Planning Commission member Josiah Tillett after reading the section.

  • Town’s electric rates to increase this month

        Bedford electric customers will see higher electric bills after town council voted 6-1 to raise electric rates by 4 percent at its last meeting.
        Council was to meet this past Tuesday to consider raising penalties for those violating the rules surrounding use of the town’s solid waste container sites.
        “Not a single member of this council enjoys raising rates,” Councilman Jim Vest said of the vote to raise the electric rates.

  • Supervisors take tax hike off the table

        A public hearing on the Bedford County budget, including the real estate tax rate, is scheduled for April 13, but that tax rate won’t be any higher than the current 52 cents per $100 in assessed value. When asked after a lengthy budget work session, Monday night, the supervisors said increasing the tax rate is not on the table for discussion.
        What was on the table for discussion was where the public hearing will be held. Some supervisors noted that their regular meeting chamber will probably not provide adequate space.

  • Dealing with misuse at landfill

    Area residents, and those abusing the service provided, will no longer have unlimited access to the town of Bedford’s recycling drop off and public dumpsters.

  • Teachers ask for pay raise

        A representative of the Bedford County Education Association (BCEA) called on the supervisors to support teacher pay raises, even if a tax hike is needed.
        Chad Honeycutt, who works as a special education aid at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, made the presentation during a work session. Honeycutt is working as an aid while he completes the college courses necessary for teacher certification, part of a career transition.
        “Our school system is dreadfully underfunded,” Honeycutt said.

  • Brown to seek one more term

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown has made it official; he’ll seek one more term as the county’s top law enforcement officer.

  • Council adopts new public comment policy

        Bedford Town Council now joins the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and the Bedford County School Board in providing the public with a comment time at the beginning of their respective meetings.

  • Bedford considers electric rate increase

        Next Tuesday, Feb. 24, Bedford area residents will be able to tell town council what they feel about a proposed 4 percent increase to their electric rates, set to take effect March 1.
        A public hearing on the proposed increase will be held during the council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of the Municipal Building.