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Oxford Town Meeting Monday to Set Vote on 3.6 Percent Increase

Download a copy of the budget ahead of Monday's Annual Town Meeting.

Oxford residents and property owners are called to the annual Town Meeting Monday to set the date of the 2014-15 budget referendum, tentatively set for Tuesday, May 13.

Those in attendance can also move to reduce the budget by a majority vote.

The Town Meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. Monday at Quaker Farms School.

The agenda includes three questions, with each approval sending the item to the town wide referendum. (See the breakdown below.)

Overall, the budget proposal of $43,922,389 includes an increase of $1,535,286 in spending year-over-year (3.6 percent) and 3.39 percent increase in the mill rate, from 24.75 to 25.59. Download a copy of the proposed budget above.

Approval at the Town Meeting on Monday will adjourn these questions to the May 13 referendum, to be held form 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Quaker Farms School.

Absentee ballots will also be available at the Town Clerk’s Office.

Item 1
Shall the Town of Oxford approve the Town’s Municipal Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015?

The proposed municipal budget of $15,039,596 is an increase of $435,286 in spending over the current year, up 2.98 percent.

Item 2
Shall the Town of Oxford approve the Town’s Board of Education Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015?

The education budget includes a 3.68 percent spending increase, exactly $1 million over 2013-14 for a total of $28,148,793.

Item 3
Shall the Town of Oxford approve a levy for road projects for the benefit of the Reserve Fund for Capital and Nonrecurring Expenditures for the Fiscal Year 2014-2015?

The Capital and Nonrecurring Expenditures line is up $100,000 in this year’s budget proposal, from $634,000 last year to $734,000 for 2014-15.
John Mele May 06, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Dave, I pay my taxes just like everyone else - pretty sure my vote counts as equally as yours. On your three questions, I don't know the answer but I'll let George Temple speak for me here (and now I'm paraphrasing) 'We need to listen to the experts. I support the BoE budget and the Superintendent."
John Mele May 06, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Now, Dave, if you will excuse me, I need to get home to Oxford for my son's non-state-mandated T-ball game.
Fed Up May 06, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Dave,You were a big voice of the I want a field group.And don't break your arm patting your self on the the back for being "involved".Plenty more people have put in 30,40 and 50 years or more of service to Oxford without out a moan or groan.Vote no all you want.It is in the hands of the voters and it will be what it will be.Maybe you can help with ED so the taxpayers can get a true tax cut.
Dave May 08, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Fed up to help in this upcoming budget cycle I would have needed to start a project 3 years ago.
Dave May 08, 2014 at 09:59 AM
You will also hear my big voice when the time comes to advocate for a new school. The one needed to replace the antiquated Center School. Even though my child will not benefit from it. We will need many ED projects to support it and thanks to our Governor delaying the new airport development zone for 2 years while he installed his bureaucratic committee and making CT. one of the most business unfriendly states in the nation, that is going to take lots of time.

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