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Crowd Turns Out In Opposition To Proposed Bedford Co. Tax Increase

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Bedford, VA - A resounding "No" was the word from most folks Monday night, opposed to a real estate tax increase, who spoke at a public hearing in Bedford County.

The county proposal would mark its first tax increase in more than a decade; a 6% hike, the first increase in 12 years.

County residents currently pay 50 cents for every $100 of assessed value. If the proposal is approved, they'd be looking at 53 cents for every $100.

But on Monday, that proposal received some pushback. Nearly 40 men and women took to the podium, fired up, saying the reasons the county wants to raise taxes are more like inadequate excuses.

The county claims a tax increase is the best way to work through their financial to-do list, including things like new fire and rescue equipment, an $8 million county landfill, and a new school.

But some impassioned pleas from people Monday said a tax increase would be crippling.

"These are folks really having to make tough decisions. Do I buy food for my kids, or pay my electric bill?" said one man.

"I think it's good to have low taxes because it makes us desirable, it makes us an attractive alternative" said another.

"We try to live within our income so that we can afford to pay taxes to a government which can't live within its income" said another opponent.

The board of supervisors will approve a final budget on April 14th.

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