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Government

  • Bios on new BCPS administrative appointments

    The following administrative appointments have been approved by the Bedford County School Board. They will formally be recognized during Thursday night's regularly scheduled meeting.

     

    JeanMarie Johnston

  • A place to get fit!

        The newest addition to Liberty Lake Park’s offerings was dedicated last week.

         It’s a fitness court and it was built without requiring taxpayer funding. It’s part of the National Fitness Initiative and it’s the first of the Initiative’s fitness courts built in Virginia.
        D. W. Lawhorne, the town’s director of public works, and Town Councilman Bryan Schley learned of the fitness courts.

  • Supervisors look at surplus

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a 5 p.m. work session Monday to reach a consensus on how a $135,000 surplus in the budget should be allocated.

        That’s the amount in excess of the draft budget county staff developed at the 50 cent per $100 in assessed value real estate tax the supervisors adopted last month.

  • School board makes major decisions

    The Bedford County School Board approved its budget for the 2019-20 school year during a special called meeting on May 1, 2019. Highlights of the budget include accelerating the district’s 1:1 device initiative so that all learners in Grades 6-12 will be issued a Chromebook next school year. Additionally, most Bedford County teachers and support staff will receive a 4% salary increase, and there will be no increases to employee health insurance premiums.

  • Council delays decision on schools

        Town Council was slated, last week, to approve a performance agreement with Waukeshaw Development for the repurposing of Bedford Middle School and Old Yellow.
        It didn’t happen. Instead, Council tabled action on the agreement to allow concerns that Councilman Bob Wandrei  raised   to   be  addressed.

  • Board to advertise tax rate at current level

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted, by a 4-3 vote Monday night at a called meeting, to advertise a real estate tax rate of 52 cents per $100 of assessed value.
        This is the same as the current tax rate but will yield more revenue as the most recent real estate reassessment showed an increase in assessed values. The 52 cent tax rate, if adopted, will bring in an additional $3 million in tax revenue.

  • Libertarian to challenge Austin

        Dean Davison, a Stewartsville resident, has been nominated by the Libertarian Party to run for the 19th District House of Delegates seat in November. Terry Austin, a Republican, currently holds the seat.

  • Supervisors approve bonds for FMS expansion

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted 6-0 Monday night, with District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson absent, authorizing the issuance of general obligation school bonds in an amount not to exceed $22.5 million. The money is intended to finance the   renovation and expansion of Forest Middle School (FMS).

  • Kirkland joins race for Sheriff

        Bedford County’s longest serving K9 handler, Deputy James Kirkland, has announced he will join the race for sheriff to replace retiring Sheriff Mike Brown.

  • To equalize or not equalize, that is the question

    Susan Crawford, the Bedford County’s director of fiscal management, had good news for the supervisors Monday night: County revenue is up.
        Counting revenue from all taxes, revenue is up by $4.3 million. This includes a $3 million increase in property tax revenue. This, however, is what it will be if the supervisors keep the current 52 cents per $100 in assessed value.