Bedford city council members will be asked to consider a potential 18 percent tax increase during Tuesday night’s council meeting.
That increase would equate to an additional $173.56 owed to the city per year from the average Bedford homeowner.
A significant portion of the proposed increase would pay for debt incurred from the $70 million Boys Ranch Park improvement bond Bedford voters approved last fall. That money is funding a major renovation of the city’s most popular park, including a new recreation center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools as well as new athletic fields.
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In addition to the debt service payment, the proposed budget includes requests for new emergency response personnel – five new police officer position, and six new firefighter/paramedics.
“We have not added a police officer since the early-2000s, a firefighter since the late-1990s,” said Bedford City Manager Brian Bosshardt. “We recognize fully [the proposed tax increase] doesn’t place the mayor and council in an easy position.”
Council members meet Tuesday night at 6:30 in council chambers, located at Bedford City Hall.