(NASHVILLE, TN), September 6, 2012 – State Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) announced today that during the fiscal year 2012-2013 Bedford County will receive approximately $82.25 million in state appropriations. The total amount coming into Bedford County is $560,700 more than last year and $10.9 million more than that approved during the 2010-2011 budget year. Also, Bedford County will receive a portion of the federal funds included in Tennessee’s $31 billion budget as adopted by the 107th General Assembly.
“I am pleased that Bedford County will receive an increase in state funding during a time in which the total state budget decreased,” said Senator Tracy. “I am particularly pleased to see that most of this increase went for education for K-12 schools which is our best investment.”
The total state budget was reduced almost $1 billion from the previous 2011-12 budget year. The 2012-2013 appropriations listed for Bedford County in the following general categories are: $37.4 million for K-12 Education; $1.07 million for transportation; $6.7 million in shared state tax collections; $28.5 million for health and social services; $4.66 million for justice and public safety; $1.17 million for recreation and resources development; and $2.75 million for economic development and higher education.
The county-by-county statistics are prepared by the Office of Legislative Budget Analysis, which works in concert with state finance officials in gathering the detailed information.
NOTE TO MEDIA: The full report can be found at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/joint/staff/budget-analysis/county-reports/counties12/Bedford.pdf