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Voters Reject Oxford Budgets at Referendum

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Voters rejected both the town and school budgets Tuesday, but funding for road repairs convincingly passed.

The town budget was narrowly defeated, 982 to 943, while the education budget had a higher margin, 1,081 to 847, according to the Republican American.

Oxford First Selectman George Temple wasn't immediately available for comment Tuesday night, but he had previously said supporting the town budget was a "no-brainer."

“The budget is extremely frugal and will allow us to adequately fund not only our safety functions (fire, police, ambulance and public works) but also our quality of life issues such as town government, parks and recreation, library, senior center and transportation.) The total increase in this budget is approximately 0.3 percent. We will also be allowed to purchase much needed public works, fire and ambulance equipment. In short, this is a 'no brainer.’'"

Of the education budget, Temple had said, "This budget represents an increase of about $1 million. That is a lot of money; however $700,000 of this is related to contractual and union requirements. It is what it is. The remaining $300,000 includes among other items, all day kindergarten.”

As presented to voters, the proposed budgets would have raised the tax rate 3.38 percent to 25.59 mills.

The budgets will again go to the Board of Finance, which will make adjustments before sending it back to voters.

T-Bone May 15, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Dave, you voted no, right? You didn't like the budget but you didn't stand up at the meeting. How much does each referendum cost me?
Energy Bob May 15, 2014 at 08:42 PM
I don't recall Dave making a motion at the Town Budget Meeting to reduce the BOE budget, which he could have done. Why not?
Energy Bob May 15, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Linda, I don't recall you getting up at the Town Budget meeting and suggesting a reduction either. If you were so steadfast in your beliefs about taxes, why didn't you have the resolve to make cuts? It's easy to complain about a system when you are simply a spectator and not a true player.
Linda Czaplinski May 17, 2014 at 05:41 PM
@energy bob, because I left it to the population at large to decide, and they did.

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