Bedford City Council Adopts $18.4 Million Budget

(BEDFORD) – On Monday night the Bedford City Council adopted the $18,432,028 budget.

The board also approved a the second passage for a $356,000 reduction of appropriations for 2020.

The Bedford Parks Department had $150,000 in reduction of appropriations due to the John Lowery Pool being closed this year.

The city council also approved the salaries of elected officials. They also approved base salaries for police and firefighters, appointed officials, and employees for the 2021 budget year.

The city council is looking to appoint a member to the Lawrence County Tourism board for next year at the next city council meeting.

Bedford Mayor Sam Craig advised city council members where the largest turnovers are for city personnel. The two departments with the largest turnovers at this time are the police department and utility department.

Turnover by departments from January 2017 – September 2020 include:

  • Utilities – 6
  • Parks Department – 4
  • Street Department – 4
  • Administration – 2
  • Dispatcher Bedford Police Department – 3 with one transfer
  • Bedford Police Department – 8 resignations, 9 retirements currently two vacancies.
  • Fire Department – 3

The total includes resignations, terminations, career changes, or transfers.

City council members have been asking to do a pay study of the fire and police departments.