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Monday, April 8, 2013
A public hearing on Bedford County’s budget and its real estate and personal property tax rates, attended by about 75 people, brought out a number of people speaking in favor of the school budget.
A majority of the 13 speakers at the hearing urged the Bedford County Board of Supervisors to support the budget that the school board presented. All of these speakers were applauded by a group of about 20 people who sat together in the Bedford Science and Technology Center’s Susie Gibson auditorium, where the meeting was held.
Ann Chafin, a teacher, urged the supervisors to come to her classroom and observe her needs.
“Come see me teach,” she said .
“I think the school board has presented to you a fair, reasonable and necessary budget,” said Robert Holmes , president of the Bedford County PTA Council. Holmes said that he is willing to see the tax rate go up and called on the supervisors to fund the school budget as the school board presented it.
John Briscoe, who spoke last, did not support a tax increase.
“There’s always someone who says, ‘Raise my taxes,’ but they never bring their checkbook,” Briscoe said .
The supervisors passed the tax rate for the 2013- 14 fiscal year as advertised, leaving all tax rates the same as they are for the current fiscal year.
The county’s real estate tax rate is 50 cents for every $100 of assessed value, while the personal property rate is $2.35 per $100 of assessed value.
The motion passed on a 6-0 vote, with Supervisor John Sharp absent.
The supervisors will act on the budget at a later meeting. Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers said state law requires them to wait seven days after the budget public hearing before taking action.
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