Bedford County was able to balance its budget by looking for savings wherever it could be found, according to Board of Supervisors Chairman Roger Cheek. Not getting caught by surprise also helped.
“We saw this coming,” Cheek said. “We started preparing for this two years ago.”
The biggest single savings came from leaving vacant positions vacant. As a result, the county didn’t have to do it all at once and was able to reduce staff solely by attrition, without layoffs, by getting an early start.