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New Simple Recycling Service Begins February 22

The City of Bedford is now offering an exciting new service which will allow residents to recycle unwanted clothing, shoes, and household items with curbside pick-up on the regular Monday or Tuesday trash collection day.

The company, Simple Recycling, provides this service at no cost to Bedford Residents. This free service is entirely voluntary and at the discretion of the residents.  Those who wish to continue delivering their items to a particular charity instead can continue to do so.

The service begins February 22 and residents will be receiving additional information on the program soon.

For more Simple Recycling bags, please visit Bedford City Hall at 2000 Forest Ridge Blvd. www.simplerecycling.com

For more information visit
www.bedfordtx.gov/news/simplerecycling.htm


Mardi Gras Casino Night & Gala
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!! 
Time & Date: Saturday, Feb. 6 at 6:30-10:30pm
Location: Bedford Public Library

Dinner, Casino, Fun, Live Entertainment and Silent Auction
Dinner is served at 6:30 pm and Casino starts at 7:30 pm.
Get Your Tickets Now $50 per person or $95 per couple. 
Silent Auction donations are welcome and appreciated. Sponsorships are also available. For more information or to be a sponsor call 682.559.2746 or email mardigrasbedford@gmail.com. All proceeds benefit the Bedford Library Foundation.

Get your tickets for Senior Center Valentines Dance Now!
Monday, February 15

Looking for a special place to take your sweetheart for Valentines?  Folks 50 and up can enjoy a special night with their significant other on Monday, February 15 from 6:00 – 9:30p.m. at the Bedford Senior Center, 2817 R.D. Hurt Pkwy.  

Tickets are $8 per person in advance and $10 per person at the door and will include dinner, dancing and live music by The Bill G Band.   
For additional information please call 817-952-2326.

BEDFORD HAS JOINED THE “IT’S TIME TEXAS” COMMUNITY CHALLENGE!
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Need help improving your health in 2016?
The City of Bedford has joined with Texas Health Resources HEB, HEB ISD, the City of Euless and the City of Hurst to lead our communities to a healthier future. To kick-off this healthy living initiative, Bedford has joined the “It’s Time Texas” Community Challenge.  

The Challenge unites and mobilizes community members, schools, businesses, orga­nizations, and mayors across the state in a friendly challenge to see which communities can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living.  

It launched Jan. 1, 2016 and ends on Mar. 31, 2016.  
Using www.itstimetexas.org we earn points by participating in a variety of activities such as posting “healthy selfies,” taking healthy pledges, and tracking physical activity. Winners receive a $1,200 grant for school health initiatives, trophy and city banner. For additional information, visit www.itstimetexas.org.

RSVP for the Residential Roundtable
February 25

Mayor Jim Griffin will be joined by the Bedford Public Library Director, Maria Redburn, and Economic Development Director, Bill Syblon, at a residential outreach meeting on Thursday, February 25 at 7:00p.m. at the Old Bedford School, 2400 School Lane.

There will be updates on the Parks and the Bedford Alert. Information will also be given on the new Experience HEB/It’s Time Texas Challenge and Simple Recycling.   There will be a question and answer session following the updates. The event is free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be served prior to the program.

Please RSVP by Monday, February 21 at www.feb2016residentialoutreach.eventbrite.com

This meeting is sponsored by the Bedford Community Affairs Commission (CAC).

Library Events

Stories in Motion
Get your kids off the couch and moving! Join us for stories, parachute activities, yoga poses and more. Registration is not required for this free program.
This program is appropriate for children 5 and up.
Dates & Times: Mondays in February – 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 & 2/29
Location: South Meeting Room 

10th Annual Seuss Festival
Celebrity readers from here to there, a Cat in the Hat, and a craft to wear. Cake to smear on your brother's hare, Thing One and Thing Two will also be there. Kitty whiskers painted on a sweet little face, so bring your click shutters for pictures to take. Wear a costume...joining the fun is certainly wise. A free family fun event sponsored by the Bedford Library Friends. Registration is not required for this free event.
Time & Date: Sunday, March 6 at 1:00-4:00pm

Improvements continue at the Boys Ranch Lake

Improvements continue at the Boys Ranch Lake with the placement of the new fish habitats on the bottom of the Lake.  These habitats were built by the Bedford Parks Department, on the recommended designs of the Parks and Wildlife Department, to help improve the fishing at the Boys Ranch Lake.

Most of the structures are made with PVC pipe that will be weighed down by concrete blocks or buried in the lake bed, as well as, concrete rubble piles for fish to congregate around.  Several gravel fish beds have been built and placed in the lake to serve as a safe place to lay eggs.

Barring any rain delays, the channels will be opened within the month to let the lake fill up. 

Check out the fish habitat pictures on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/bedfordtx

May 7, 2016 General Election

The City of Bedford will hold its General Election for Place 3 and Place 5 on the City Council on Saturday, May 7, 2016.   The filing period is from January 20, 2016 to February 19, 2016. Candidate packets are available at City Hall, Building A or can be downloaded from the Election webpage.
 Please contact the City Secretary’s Office at (817) 952-2104 with any questions.

Water Changes in the Northwest Area of Bedford

On November 1, 2015, the City of Bedford Public Works Department started drawing water from a new water well and began mixing it with the water we currently buy from the Trinity River Authority in the Northwest area of Bedford.

Adjustments to the blending process will continue until a desired ratio of water from the old (purchased from TRA) and new (well water) is achieved. Residents may notice a change in the taste and feel of their water, but please be advised that the water quality remains SAFE for residents to drink.

Benefits of softer water include the reduction of build-up in pipes at both residential and city lines, as well as, less calcification in residential hot water tanks.

For further information on this process, please contact the Office of Public Works at 817-952-2200.

Boys Ranch Park playground now open

The children’s playground at the Boys Ranch Park is now OPEN, so come on out and see all the new equipment for the kids!
More info here...

Water Quality Report
The City of Bedford has issued the 2014 Water Quality Report.  The report is posted at the following locations:
City Hall, Buildings A & B: 2000 Forest Ridge, Bedford
Bedford Public Library:  2424 Forest Ridge, Bedford
Bedford Public Works Service Center:  1813 Reliance Parkway, Bedford

The report is also available on-line at: http://www.bedfordtx.gov/publicworks
Copies of the report will be sent to citizens in the June utility bills.

New Donation Options Available
The City of Bedford is accepting donations through PayPal and donating to the City service of your choice is now easier than ever. It is not necessary to have a PayPal account, simply select one of four City services to donate:

  • Parks
  • Animal Shelter
  • Dog Park
  • Public Library

Enter in the donation amount and then click submit; all major credit and debit cards are accepted. Your donation is appreciated and enhances the fund-raising efforts of each group.

Select here for more information and to make a donation.

Cultural District
Art, music & culture are alive and well in the City of Bedford. Citizens and visitors can enjoy an art gallery, historic sites, outdoor music performances and live theater. There are a variety of classes and programs for all ages at our new Bedford Library and the Bedford Boys Ranch Activity Center. All this plus outdoor festivals and plenty of green space within a short walk from the main municipal complex.

Select here for more information on the Cultural District

Animal Control Shelter

Many Loving Pets are Looking for a Good Home
The adoptions can be made at the Bedford Animal Shelter, 1809 Reliance Parkway, Bedford, TX.

Animal Shelter hours are changing from opening at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday to opening at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Help support the Bedford Animal Shelter with the purchase of a Bedford Shelter T-shirts for $15.00

The Bedford Animal Control Division is responsible for the care and custody of all impounded animals, responding to calls for service, quarantining of animals, investigating reports of cruelty and enforcing animal ordinance violations. This Division aggressively seeks good homes for all adoptable animals.

Bedford Animal Shelter

Pets available for adoption - PetFinder

Pets available for adoption - PetTango

Donation options for the Animal Control Shelter

Pet Spotlight

"MHC" Master Highway Corridor Overlay District Update

On April 23, 2013, the City Council approved this Amendment to the City of Bedford Zoning Ordinance unanimously.  The Master Highway Corridor Overlay District is established to provide a set of standards applicable to future development and redevelopment within the corridor area.  These standards are intended to protect and enhance the appearance of the corridor, promote the unique character of the City of Bedford, protect and enhance property values within the corridor, prevent the establishment of incompatible types of development, and coordinate the overall sense of place within this corridor.

Highway Corridor Proposal Map

Bedford Commons

Central Bedford is on the road to imagining a place where residents and visitors can enjoy a stroll through a unique place. Picture a center of town where you could walk to the library and afterwards walk to have lunch at an outdoor bistro. The Vision for Central Bedford will serve as an action plan to promote Bedford, guide future development decisions, and encourage economic activity with a set of short and long term strategic actions. The vision is based on extensive input from the public and a stakeholder committee consisting of the City Council, City Staff, and Local Business Leaders. Stay tuned as the City works to create a framework, which will establish this one of a kind sense of place.
Adopted June 23, 2015

Bedford Commons Code


To obtain more information about the Vision, click here

To view the presentation from the October 14, 2014 public meeting click on the link below.

Bedford Commons Public Meeting Presentation 10/14/2014

PRESS RELEASES


To view previous Press Releases please go to: http://www.bedfordtx.gov/pressreleases/

Confirmed Rabies in Deceased Skunk
November, 24, 2015

On November 23, 2015, the Bedford Animal Control Division impounded a deceased skunk which may have had contact with a resident’s dog in the area of Cedar Grove Lane.  The skunk was sent to the Texas Department of State Health Services laboratory in Austin, Texas, for testing and was confirmed positive for rabies.

The Bedford Animal Control Division is reminding residents that anyone who has contact with wild animals should use caution. Also, carefully observe any pets that may have contact with wild animals.  Residents are advised to always keep their pets under personal control and observation when out-of-doors.

Anyone observing any animal they suspect to be rabid should avoid contact.  Common symptoms of rabies include, but are not limited to: lethargy, fever, vomiting, anorexia, full or partial paralysis, seizures, excessive salivation, aggression, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or other abnormal behavior.

Anyone believing they have observed or come in contact with an animal they believe may be rabid should contact the Bedford Police Department at 817-952-2127 or the Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control Program at 512-776-7255.

Animal contact, such as bites or scratches, may lead to exposure to rabies.  Infected animals can transmit the rabies virus prior to the onset of symptoms. Rabies presents a serious health risk to humans and pets.  Rabies is always fatal if left untreated.

Vaccination of all cats and dogs is required by state law and is the first line of defense against human infection.  We urge every cat and dog owner to have all of their animals vaccinated and to keep vaccinations up to date. Please see your veterinarian for more information on rabies vaccination.


For additional information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer at 817-952-2126

Glenbrook Neighborhood Receives City Proclamation for 25 Year Tradition

The Glenbrook Homeowner’s Association, 1820 Glenbrook Court, will receive a proclamation, “Christmas Display of the City of Bedford 2015,” from the Bedford Mayor and City Council on Sunday, November 22 at 4:30p.m.  

In 1990 the Glenbrook HOA Christmas Committee decided to decorate the entire neighborhood in the theme, “The Night Before Christmas…In Texas, That Is,” a book written by Leon Harris.  Throughout the years, the neighborhood gained more and more recognition with an article in the Star Telegram, visits from the book’s author and numerous cars, buses and campers driving through to enjoy the storyboards and holiday lights.

Now, 25 years later, this tradition is still going strong and for their dedication in decorating the Glenbrook neighborhood for the past 25 years, Mayor Jim Griffin and City Council members will award them with the “Christmas Display of the City of Bedford 2015” proclamation on Sunday.

For additional information, please call Public Information Officer, Natalie Foster, at 817-952-2126.


 

Jeff Gibson appointed Police Chief for Bedford  
September 9, 2015

City Manager, Roger Gibson, has appointed Jeff Gibson as Police Chief for the City of Bedford, effective immediately.

Jeff Gibson, a 20-year veteran with the Department, has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Sociology.  Prior to joining the Bedford Police Department Gibson served as a Firefighter in the Houston area for two years.

During his tenure at the Police Department, Gibson served in many capacities and ranks including: Narcotics Officer, SWAT Team Leader, and Training/Recruiting.

Gibson was instrumental in the formation and implementation of a quarterly core training curriculum for sworn and civilian Department Members.  Gibson also serves as the law enforcement liaison for the Hurst-Euless-Bedford School District, helping to prepare and train faculty on active shooter classes and other safety programs for the District.

Gibson has the full confidence of the Bedford City Administration. “Jeff is a very effective communicator, detail-oriented, understands the community and has the innate leadership skills that transcend rank,” City Manager, Roger Gibson said. “He has wide-spread support within the department and from our community.  I am confident Jeff is the right choice to effectively lead the men and women of the Bedford Police Department.”

For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Public Information Officer at 817-952-2126


First Positive West Nile Mosquito in Bedford
August, 24, 2015

The Tarrant County Public Health Department notified the City of Bedford of a West Nile positive mosquito sample in the 2000 block of Forest Ridge near L. Don Dodson Drive. This is the first West Nile positive mosquito sample this year in Bedford.   Following the mosquito management plan approved by city council, the Bedford Public Works Department has increased surveillance in the area and continues to be proactive to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Please take the necessary precaution to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, especially during the morning and evening hours.  Wear long sleeve shirts and pants, use DEET-based insect repellent spray and empty standing water from flowerpots, buckets and other mosquito breeding areas.

Please contact the Public Works Department at 817-952-2200 for more information about West Nile Virus.
For more information, please call Natalie Foster, Marketing Specialist at 817-952-2126

Bedford Alert

The City of Bedford has launched Bedford Alert, a mass communication and emergency preparedness system. The City implemented Bedford Alert for city officials to stay connected with residents and efficiently provide them with information. In the event of a tornado warning, a water main break, a police incident or any other information in the area, officials can send voice, text, email or TTY/DD messages directly to residents and businesses in just minutes.

“This is a free service available to our residents allowing us to provide immediate information related to emergencies and other issues that are of a public concern,” said Roger Gibson, Bedford City Manager.  “It may be a missing child, a tornado warning, an unforeseen interruption of services in a particular area, or some other event where real-time information is critical.  We encourage Bedford residents and businesses to utilize this service by registering their message preferences in the Bedford Alert database.”

Publicly available primary residential and business phones in Bedford will automatically be included in the system. However, to ensure the City has the most up-to-date contact information, including cell phone numbers and email addresses, residents should visit https://bedfordalert.bbcportal.com/ to sign up. Users should provide complete information and indicate their preference for being contacted, language and message topics. Those residents without internet access are encouraged to visit the Bedford Public Library for free internet and computer access.

Council Meetings

All regularly scheduled Council meetings will air on Time Warner Cable (Channel 16 for "basic" subscribers and 15.4 for all "digital" subscribers)) and U-verse (channel 99) the Thursday & Monday following the meeting at 6:00PM. Meetings will also stream live online the day of a council meeting.

Watch past council meetings online at bedfordtx.gov/tv

Read past and present council meeting agendas

Employment

Online Job Application

Centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Bedford is a progressive community of economic growth and quality development. Bedford offers an extensive and comprehensive benefits program for full-time employees that includes employee medical, dental, life and disability insurance coverage; employer paid retirement plan; paid leave; and tuition reimbursement. Employment with the City of Bedford will provide an exciting and fulfilling opportunity for selected candidates.

All applications and resumes are subject to public disclosure pursuant to the Public Information Act.

The City of Bedford is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, physical or mental disabilities or because they are disabled veterans or veterans of the Vietnam era or Gulf War.

Current jobs available

Publications


B.A.C.E. Newsletter

The B.A.C.E. Newsletter offers residents a way to stay connected via email. Signup for this service to receive an occasional email informing you of current notices and upcoming events. Please Click HERE to Subscribe.

Utilities

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Water Department

Find out more information about the Bedford Water Department.

 

 

 

 

Public Information Requests

Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, known as the Texas Public Information Act (the “Act”), gives the public the right to request access to governmental information.  The Act is triggered when a person submits a written request to a governmental body and must ask for records or information already in existence.  The Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research, or to answer questions. 

A person may ask to view the information, get copies of the information, or both. If a request is for copies of information, the governmental body may charge for the copies. If a request is only for an opportunity to inspect information, then usually the governmental body may not impose a charge on the requestor. However, under certain limited circumstances a governmental body may impose a charge for access to information. All charges imposed by a governmental body for copies or for access to information must comply with the rules prescribed by the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”), unless another statute authorizes an agency to set its own charges.

~Adapted from Public Information 2012 Handbook published by the Texas Attorney General’s Office

Requests for public information can be made by sending an email to or by submitting a Public Information Access Form.  The form may be mailed to the attention of City Secretary at 2000 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, TX 76021, hand delivered to City Hall Building A or faxed to (817) 952-2103.  Please be as specific as possible as to the records you are requesting.

Attorney General’s Web page on Open Government

UPDATES
Phase 1 Bedford Boys Ranch

UPDATE 01/07/16
Boys Ranch Lake receives fish habitat

Improvements continue at the Boys Ranch Lake with the placement of the new fish habitats on the bottom of the Lake.  These habitats were built by the Bedford Parks Department, on the recommended designs of the Parks and Wildlife Department, to help improve the fishing at the Boys Ranch Lake.

Most of the structures are made with PVC pipe that will be weighed down by concrete blocks or buried in the lake bed, as well as, concrete rubble piles for fish to congregate around.  Several gravel fish beds have been built and placed in the lake to serve as a safe place to lay eggs.

Barring any rain delays, the channels will be opened within the month to let the lake fill up. 

Check out the fish habitat pictures on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BedfordTX/

 
   
UPDATE 12/18/15
Boys Ranch Park playground now open!!

The children’s playground at the Boys Ranch Park is now OPEN, so come on out and see all the new equipment for the kids!

Additional improvements at the Boys Ranch Lake continue and, construction crews have begun building the piers and concrete border and ledge surrounding the Lake. 

They are currently working with the Parks and Wildlife Department to build and install a fish habitat in the lake, as well as, working on completing the pavilion structures.

Sidewalks continue to be placed throughout the park and crews are wrapping up the digging of the trenches along the sidewalks, which will be used for the lighting structures.

Barring any weather delays, the projected completion date for the grand opening of the Boys Ranch Park will be the beginning of February 2016.





   

UPDATE 08/31/15
Wildlife at the Lake
On 08/28/15, the City’s Parks and Recreation along with Animal Control began a series of pumping the remaining water out of the lake that surrounds the main drain along the south end of the lake. This process continues to be performed in order to expedite the relocation of the turtles and ducks to a safer location. As the water is being pumped out, staff has remained on hand to capture the turtles. Staff was able to relocate 31 turtles on Friday, 10 over the weekend, and 20 on Monday. The turtles were moved to the water channels along the north side of the park or to other parks throughout the City. Two alligator snapping turtles that were larger in scale were relocated to Lake Grapevine. Staff will continue with these efforts throughout this week and until all the turtles have been relocated.
Watering containers are currently placed all along the south side of the lake for use by the wildlife. Staff has slowly begun moving the containers around the perimeter and towards the north of the lake. The hope is that the waterfowl will follow the water sources away from the areas where construction is occurring.
The City will continue to provide the public with updates as the construction progresses.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




UPDATE 08/28/15
Island
As of Friday, August 28, 2015, the removal of the island has commenced. Keeping the island was never part of the Parks Master Plan. Renditions and discussions regarding the removal of the island date back as far as 2009. This project was discussed at multiple City Council meetings, along with a Town Hall meeting. Additionally, the island is a detriment to the water circulation in the lake – which is important. The island contributes to the trapping of sediment in that area of the lake – which is also not healthy for the lake or the wildlife. The island also collects trash and animal waste. Engineers were consulted on this project and advised that the removal of the island was in the best long term interests of the health of the lake and the wildlife. 

Wildlife at the Lake
With the removal of the island commencing, the City’s Parks Department along with Animal Control will begin to pump the remaining water out of the lake that surrounds the main drain along the south end of the lake. This process is being performed in order to expedite the relocation of the turtles and ducks to a safer location. As the water is being pumped out, staff will be on hand to capture the turtles and move them to the water channels along the north side of the park. 
Watering containers are currently placed all along the south side of the lake for use by the wildlife. Staff will begin slowly moving the containers around the perimeter and towards the north of the lake. The hope is that the waterfowl will follow the water sources away from the areas where construction is occurring.

The City will continue to provide the public with updates as the construction progresses.

 

UPDATE 08/12/15
The following provides information regarding the draining and dredging of the Boys Ranch Lake and the wildlife preservation efforts during this process.

Wildlife at the Lake
Prior to the draining of the lake, the City of Bedford worked directly under the supervision of the Texas Parks & Wildlife to remove and relocate as many fish as possible within the Boys Ranch Lake to Lake Worth. This process took place on Tuesday, August 18. Since that time, staff have gone above and beyond meeting the requirements of the Texas Parks & Wildlife by continuing to extract and relocate remaining fish and turtles. These efforts have occurred daily since last Tuesday, which includes daily inspections of the lake and wildlife – and the relocation of fish and turtles as the lake continues to drain. In addition, the contractors hired for the Phase 1 park renovations are also working diligently to help in the preservation of the existing wildlife.

As the lake continues to dry, staff will make every effort to relocate the remaining turtles to the surrounding water channels within the park. The contractors have left water inside those channels specifically for the ducks and turtles. Staff has advised us that during their daily inspections, they have witnessed multiple turtles finding their way to these channels. Our intent is to continue assisting the wildlife into a new habitat.

The City has made every effort to try and preserve the wildlife at the Boys Ranch lake by not only consulting with the experts at the Texas Parks and Wildlife, but also going above and beyond their mandatory requirements. We will continue to put forth those extra efforts with the remaining wildlife. (Please note: the City cannot relocate the ducks. Due to an on-going "duck virus," the City is restricted from physically interceding on behalf of the waterfowl. These guidelines have been in place for several years.)

Odor at the Lake
Currently, there is an odor associated with the draining of the lake. The odor is stemming from the large volume of silt that lined the bottom of the lake. The lake has not been dredged in approximately 31 years. As the lake continues to dry, the odor will become less noticeable. Once the lake is dredged, the odor will be completely eliminated. Dredging of the lake is a necessary process in order to maintain a healthy habitat for the wildlife.

Island at the Lake
The removal of the island has always been part of the Parks Master Plan. Renditions and discussions regarding the removal of the island date back as far as 2009. This project was discussed at multiple City Council meetings, along with a Town Hall meeting. Additionally, information including artist renditions and a Phase 1 timeline have been posted on the City’s website for the past couple of years. To our knowledge, every rendition has clearly shown the reconstructed lake without the island. You may access this information at http://www.bedfordtx.gov/phase1/.

The City of Bedford is excited about the improvements to the Park and lake and the enhanced quality of life it will provide to our residents and the wildlife. The Phase 1 project is projected to be completed in November of this year.

Boys Ranch Lake Fish Relocated
On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Bedford Parks personnel worked in conjunction with the Texas Parks and Wildlife (TP&W) to relocate the fish within the Bedford Boys Ranch. An extensive effort was made to capture and relocate as many of the lake fish as possible. TP&W supervised the project and all relocation efforts were in accordance with TP&W guidelines and approval.

In any project such as this, it is impossible to successfully capture every fish. The lake draining and dredging are proceeding. TP&W has provided a telephone number should any lake visitors have any questions or concerns regarding this project. TP&W contact numbers:

Raphael Brock
Texas Park and Wildlife Department
Fisheries Biologist
817-732-0761

Greg Conley
Texas Park and Wildlife Department KAST
903-520-3821

 

For more detailed information please visit: www.bedfordtx.gov/phase1/

 

 

 


Financial Transparency

In an effort to provide key financial data to the citizens of Bedford, the City makes available several documents to ensure transparency for all financial transactions.  The following information can be found on the Finance page under their respective tabs.    

The City of Bedford has been awarded the Platinum Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller Office.  The program began in December 2009 to recognize local governments in the state that are striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online.  The new Platinum designation highlights those entities that go above and beyond providing financial transparency.  The City of Bedford received the Gold designation (highest at that time) in 2013.  Further information about transparency in government can be viewed on the Comptroller’s website www.texastransparency.org.

Annual Budget:  Also known as the Program of Services, this document outlines the spending plan for the fiscal year as approved by the City Council.  This page contains the current Budget along with those from the previous two fiscal years.  Hard-copies of the document can be viewed during normal business hours through the City Secretary’s office or at the Bedford Public Library.

Annual Financial Report:  This report is generated at the conclusion of the independent audit following each fiscal year.  It contains the financial information pertaining to the actual financial transactions that occurred during the closed fiscal year.  Three years of reports are posted on this page and hard-copies are available for public viewing during normal business hours through the City Secretary’s office or at the Bedford Public Library.

Check Register:  This document is a searchable list of the City’s disbursement registers.  These are separated into five sections, Disbursements, Payroll checks (actual checks printed, this does not include direct deposit payments), Capital Projects payments, Manual Checks (those generated outside of the weekly vendor check run) and Purchase card transactions.  For the current fiscal year, the register is posted quarterly.  For completed fiscal years, the registers have been posted in their entirety.

Financial Reports:  The Finance division creates a quarterly report providing a summarized view of revenues and expenditures for all funds. These reports also provide highlights on the financial status of the major funds with supporting graphs and narrative explanation.

Debt Information: Information is provided on the City’s current outstanding debt, including current debt obligations, descriptions, dates issued, total amounts and maturity dates.

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