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Government

  • County tax rates to stay the same

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing, Monday night on the county’s budget and proposed tax rates. Nobody spoke at either hearing. The hearing was held in the supervisors regular meeting chamber and was sparsely attended.
        “This is a flat tax rate,” County Administrator Carl Boggess said.
        All tax rates remained that same as they are for the current fiscal year. The supervisors unanimously adopted these tax rates.

  • Town set to raise trash fee

        Bedford Town Council held a public hearing on its proposed town budget, last week, before a virtually empty meeting chamber. Nobody spoke during the public hearing.
        The only person who spoke during the evening was Bruce Hartwick, who spoke at a public hearing on Council’s proposal to raise the fee for trash collection   by   $2   per  month.
        “I believe it would be a horrible idea to raise fees right now,” Hartwick said.

  • Warner visits Bedford

        Senator Mark Warner stopped by Bedford for a town hall at the Welcome Center last Wednesday. The audience consisted of local business men, local government officials and heads of non-profits.

        Warner, a Democrat, spent most of his time in this heavily Republican area taking questions from the floor.
        “This is a chance to try to answer your questions,” Warner told the gathering.

  • Nursing home salaries to increase

    Board of Supervisors had its plate full, Monday night, starting with a 5 p.m. budget work session that preceded a regular 7 p.m. meeting.
        The work session took a look at enterprise funds. These are county operations that are intended to pay for their operations through fees they charge. One of these funds is the county’s nursing home. The nursing home is paid for entirely by fees it charges patients and receives no money from the General Fund.

  • Town council advertises its budget

        Bedford’s Town Council took a last look at the capital improvement funds for the fire department and electrical department last week. Council has advertised a public hearing on the budget to be held on March 27 at 7 p.m. in Council’s meeting chamber in the municipal building.

  • School system not likely to get all it asked for from county

        Dr. Reid Wodicka, Bedford County’s deputy county administrator, unveiled the budget that county staff is recommending at a board of supervisors work session held Monday night. This is the first of a series of work sessions that the supervisors will hold before adopting a budget.
        Dr. Wodicka presented a balanced budget that leaves all tax rates the same as they are now.

  • Board looks at outside agency funding

        Every year, both Bedford County and the town of Bedford receive requests from outside agencies for funds.
        The local governments are mandated to comply with some funding requests, such as funding to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. Bedford County opted some years back to cease operating its own county jail and joined a regional system.
        Others, such as funding to the Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Center, are   contractual obligations.

  • Town Council revisits funding to outside agencies

        During a work session last week, Bedford Town Council briefly revisited funding to outside agencies.
        Late last month, Council had made decisions on the amount of funding the town would give various outside agencies that requested funding. Last week, Councilman Steve Rush, who had been absent at the previous meeting, wanted to revisit the decision.
        Rush called funding outside agencies “political pork” although he had no problem with providing matching funds to support a grant.

  • Town council talks budget

        Bedford Town Council began the work, last week, of developing the town’s budget.
        A major part of the work session discussion was providing town staff with guidance on funding for outside agencies. A number of agencies sent in requests for funding and those asking for an increase in funding  did not get it.
        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce asked for $7,000. Last year, the Chamber got $5,000 and Council chose to give it the same amount this year.

  • Council chooses consultant

        The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulates the transmission and wholesale sale of electricity and natural gas in interstate commerce and regulates the transportation of oil by pipeline in interstate commerce.
        That puts power plants, such as Bedford’s Snowden hydroelectric plant, under its purview. Power plants, like Snowden must be licensed by FERC and periodically relicensed.