Bedford budget, tax rate approved

BEDFORD — The Bedford County commissioners approved a $19.5 million budget, a real estate tax rate of 3.037 millage and a per capita tax of $5 for next year at Tuesday’s meeting.

A total of $19,504,443 will be available for appropriations with an anticipated $19,424,428 in expenditures, amounting to an expected $80,015 left over.

Between real estate, per capita and interim taxes, along with penalties and interest, the county will make an estimated $10,067,938 in tax revenue next year or about $190,000 more than in 2018, according to the budget.

General government services make up the majority of the expenditures, totaling $9,061,408. The largest line item for general government is the county jail, with $3,394,410 budgeted. The smallest line item is $19,000 for constables.

For human services, $3,969,681 has been set aside. Most of that money is for general supervision at $1,320,415 and for children in their own homes at $1,015,737.

There is $120,000 for culture and recreation and $213,000 for conservation and economic development.

The county has $3,342,696 for debt service, with a principal amount of $2,335,980 and an interest amount

of $1,006,716.

The budget also includes $2,717,643 for various miscellaneous expenses.

The commissioners also approved the beginning 2019 employee wage and salary schedule to start Dec. 31. All county employee salaries will go up by 1.5 percent for next year, as previously established.

With approval of the updated Old PA Pike Trail master plan, the Bedford Fulton Joint Recreation Authority, which oversees the project, will start meeting at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at the East Providence Township building at 174 Municipal Road in Breezewood.

The hiring of Wanda Ickes as a Children and Youth Services caseworker with an annual salary of $26,664 and the re-appointments of both Mark Bollman and Robbie Weaver for the Bedford County Deve­lopment Association were approved as well.

PennDOT Project Manager Bruce Schweitzer received approval from the commissioners for repairs to bridges at Snyder Creek Road in Bloomfield Township, Harrieta Lane in Colerain Township and Acres Road in Monroe Township as part of a larger construction project.

Mirror Staff Writer Shen Wu Tan is at 946-7457.

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