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Budgets Now In the Hands of Oxford Voters

Referendum will be held on Tuesday, May 15.

Taxes would go up 3.83 percent next fiscal year if voters approve all three questions on next Tuesday’s referendum ballot.

Last night, more than 250 Oxford residents packed the gymnasium at and voted unanimously to send to referendum a proposed $26.54 million school budget, a proposed $13.4 million municipal budget and a request to spend $734,000 on road repairs in fiscal year 2012-13.

The spending plan put forward by the Board of Finance would increase the tax rate to 24.1 mills, up from the current 23.21 mills, a 3.83 percent increase.

Based on the proposed tax rate, a taxpayer with a house assessed at $250,000 would pay $223 more in real estate taxes next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Currently, that homeowner pays $5,802 in real estate taxes and would be expected to pay $6,025 next fiscal year. 

A round of applause echoed throughout the room when Monday's meeting concluded.

First Selectman George Temple pleaded with residents to allocate money on roads.

“You don’t have to go too far from here to see a bad road in Oxford,” he said. “When you consider this budget, this item is almost a .8-mill increase itself. It’s a very critical need. There are school busses and emergency services that drive over these roads every day. I do consider this a safety item.”

Board of Finance Chairwoman Lila Ferrillo said road repairs have been put off for many years.

“If this portion doesn’t pass, we will be right back to square one with pot holes, cracks in roads, etc.,” she said, adding that Oxford is trying to start a scheduled road repair program.

Jack Kiley, finance board vice chairman, said he’s confident the budgets will pass.

Ferrillo is cautiously optimistic.

“The only way it’s going to pass is if the school community gets people out to vote,” she said.

By the Numbers

The following is a breakdown of the budgets. Residents will be asked to vote on three proposals at next Tuesday’s referendum, which will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Quaker Farms School, 30 Great Oak Road. Note: To see all of the budget numbers, check the town's website here

1. Oxford municipal budget

Adopted 2011-12 Budget: $13,380,716

Proposed 2012-13 Budget: $13,407,217

Proposed increase: $26,501, or 0.2 percent

2. Oxford school budget

Adopted 2011-12 Budget: $25,939,146

Proposed 2012-13 Budget: $26,548,247

Proposed Increase: $609,101, or 2.35 percent

3. Capital and non-recurring

Spent in 2011-12: $98,130

Proposed in 2012-13: $734,000

Road projects included in this item include:

  1. Silano Drive, $304,374 (reconstruction)
  2. Oakwood and a portion of Redwood Road, $177,614 (reconstruction and sightline)
  3. Cortland Place, $78,000 (overlay)
  4. Prokop Road, $64,000 (overlay)
  5. Edgewood Road, $45,000 (overlay)
  6. Crest Road, $22,000 (overlay)
  7. Middlefield Road, $43,000 (overlay)
Joe Blow May 08, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Good ol' Augie Palmer rearing his ugly head again I see. How about if we DECREASE the budget by 4%? What a novel concept, tighten the belt like the rest of us. Time for some educational/municipal layoffs, these people are not untouchable.
Bernard May 08, 2012 at 02:00 PM
What a truely dumb comment. Adds nothing, does nothing. At least Mr. Palmer was serving the town and attempting to add something to the process.
Joe Blow May 08, 2012 at 02:31 PM
To both Dave and john, it figures you would only hone in to the defense of Mr.Palmer and disregard the main content of my post to which you failed to reply. Now, to answer your questions, Mr.Palmer was PAID for his (dis)service to the Town of Oxford for many years and his "contributions" during that period were ALL self serving for which he was PAID. Furthermore, to come out to moderate a meeting and you want to draw even the slightest comparison to the many others who have sacrificed their time and energy for FREE is preposterous weather I even agree with them or not I do respect them. For the record, I have probably personally donated more time, energy and funds to the Town of Oxford than you both combined.
Joe Blow May 08, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Well Dave, the "people who put these budgets together" are also ALL paid public employees who try to squeeze every last penny they can from the town coffers. I don't really think they care what I have to say and they certainly wouldn't like to hear what I have to say. Anybody with half a brain know government has been raping the taxpayers for years. They have become a BIG overgrown monster sucking the life out of our country. The real people who deserve praise are on the Board of Finance who must scrutinize these obscene requests and look to protect the taxpayers. And remember, THEY are the ones who work for FREE.
commoner May 08, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Why must every budget have a increase? The average taxpayers in town have the same percentage of increased costs as the town. The difference is you can't go running to your employer to keep asking for more money as the town does of it's taxpayers. The tax increase of $223 will not be for just one year. It will compound every year along with the new increases. This budget still has increases of $26K + $630K for the town side and $610K for the BoE.Start to run this town like a taxpayer does their home and property. I can"t afford to hire a whole staff to care for my home, a new car or $1100 per credit hour at school. I have to live with what I have as the town should. We don't need new employees (even the part timers), new cars and another Fire Truck for parades. Oxford has more fire trucks per capata than most towns or cities. Some of the roads aren't 20 years old yet.The sacared cow of the BoE is year after year crying poor as the wasted pile of money grows and grows in the last quater of their fiscal year. I agree with Joe Blow and cut the budget by 4% and learn to live within the budget. It is not a crime to be prudent and thrifty. Select political groups are just taking the money in a different way than the last thief we have in town.
Bernard May 08, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Commoner must be delusional. Maintenence alone raises costs year to year. If baffles me how folks think that their taxes will stay where they want them to irrespective of the world around them. We cant run the town based on your limited ability to understand what things cost and why things are needed. Foolish thinking like yours is what kept our tax office woefully absent of the technology and professional procedures that might have prevented that theft. Taxes are what they are.
Joe Blow May 09, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Hey Dave, good try at B.S. "all paid town employees", your words NOT mine. On the municipal side there is not much fat there but a little trimming could be done. Yes, they should be happy they have a job with full benefits and all the other perks of being a union municipal employee (and many of them are grateful and recognize what they have). What has transpired in government jobs over the last 40 years is unsustainable and will break the back of America. Wake up and smell the coffee unless you are, in fact, one of them. Now, moving along to the educational side of the budget, there are your bloodsuckers. BTW- for clarification purposes; many of the facts I state are not specific to Oxford, Ct. or any particular individual. The problem is nation wide.
Joe Blow May 09, 2012 at 01:15 PM
John, you are definitely a product of the brainwashed system.
Joe Blow May 09, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Well Dave, You spin isn't cutting it. What I did say was "the "people who put these budgets together" are also ALL paid public employees". Would you care to dispute that FACT? My potential involvement is after the fact. Good try at the liberal tactic of divide and conquer with a little bit of false fear thrown in for good measure. Please provide me with whatever would indicate to you or anybody else your accusation of myself "going postal" other than the fact of not agreeing with your B.S. Furthermore, what give you the right to deny myself, or anybody for that matter, the right to enter a public building base on you fantasy? I believe it is you, not I, that should seek mental health. Good try at trying to suppress free speech with lies. Ta Ta!!
J. A.Stein May 09, 2012 at 07:39 PM
J A.-- How about we all back off a little and look at the real picture of what is going on in this country that effects all of us. Most of us have taken pay cuts,many have lost their jobs as many employers have downsised or moved to other states or countries that are favorable to business in general. ( Taxs--labor--goverment regulations-Etc.) The country as a whole must put the brakes on spending $$$. This means ALL of GOVERMENT including SCHOOL and TEACHER expenses and salaries. We must clean up and get rid of employees that are not needed or who are not qualified for the present job to be performed. TAXS ARE KILLING US .
Mongo May 09, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Well said J.A.Stein.And I have to agree to some extent with Joe Blow.I don't think hate has entered any of his posts.I think he is very frustrated as most taxpayers are right now.taxes keep going up and our income keeps going down.
Joe Blow May 09, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Thank you J.A. you hit the nail right on the head. This is all I have stated but yet have been the recipient of the liberal "twist and shout" machine. I actually get a kick out of how they twist the truth and actually expect people to believe them, lol.
Joe Blow May 09, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Thank you, the only "hate" dispensed here were by a few individuals responding to my posts. Somehow I have the sneaky suspicion they are on the receiving end of the tax scale.
Joe Blow May 10, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Thank you for clarifying my point.
Craig Zac May 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Because every government official has to get as much $$$ as possible for themselves. weather its said or not... theres always a bit "Extra" for all the perks. There should be no "perks" for being a town official, this would weed out 90% of those who aspire to become one to mabey seek employment elsewhere. The public may think that offering great benifits will attract the best and brightest and it might, its just that it also attracts those whos only purpose is to take, take, take then dissapear into the great beyond leaving a town to wonder what the heck just happened. Theres gotta be some corners to cut.. town owned cars? 100% medical coverage? paid vacations? (how many do they get anyhow?) sick leave? theres gotta be some fat to trim.
Craig Zac May 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM
...And im not talking about the town employees here just to be clear, im talking about those in charge, the ones who stand to gain from their position.
Craig Zac May 10, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Anyhow, who here in town (or the state) HAS the $$$ to pay more taxes? (well besides the few who are buying up all these new houses in these developments all over town) why do we all have to suffer even more? Belts can oly tighten so much, theres either got to be a happy medium where BOTH side make some effort to keep the "SS Oxford" afloat, or theres got to be a breaking point where the town falls into complete chaos and litterally falls apart and just becomes another blighted dump on the map of CT.
Peggy Freeman June 05, 2012 at 09:10 PM
One forgets their are union contracts that must be upheld no matter what. Yes, we are all tightening our belts no doubt, but if I leave a damaged roof to get through another winter it will cost twice as much to fix it, the following winter if I had done it when the damage was less (roads) Since the audit was never done on the BOE side, I think there is some trimming that can be done there as that too has just compounded itself.

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