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All Three Oxford Budgets Pass

Municipal budget passes by eight votes. School budget, road repair plan cruise.

UPDATE as of 8:15 p.m.

The $13.4 million town budget passed by just eight votes, and the $26.54 million school spending plan passed by 154 votes on Tuesday during a daylong referendum.

The $734,000 road repairs budget, which would go toward repairs of seven town streets (listed below), passed by 404 votes.

The Board of Finance set the tax rate at 24.1 mills immediately following the reading of the results at 8:10 p.m. at Quaker Farms School.

All told, 1,449 people voted. That is 17.32 percent of the 8,365 registered voters in town. 

School board members said they needed parents to head to the polls in order for the budget to pass and apparently the parents responded. Throughout the day, emails and phone calls were made by volunteer members of the Oxford Parent and Teacher Organization and the Oxford High School Booster Club, as well as other organizations affiliated with Oxford's four public schools. All of it was an attempt to get out the vote. 

The vote tallies were:

  • Municipal Budget: passed, 725-717 
  • Education Budget: passed, 800-646
  • Roads: passed, 921-518

The spending plan will increase the tax rate to 24.1 mills, up from the current 23.21 mills, or a 3.83 percent increase.

Based on the new tax rate, a taxpayer with a house assessed at $250,000 will 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 will be expected to pay $6,025 next fiscal year. 

By the Numbers

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)

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Ed Rowland May 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Regardless of where a person stands on the proposed budgets it is important to vote.
Paul Singley May 15, 2012 at 10:42 AM
I couldn't agree more.
Joe Blow May 15, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Vote it all down and let them sharpen their pencil and feel our pain. Government has been running away with our money and future.
kathy johnson May 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM
VOTE YES
Bernard May 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM
The true test of a man's character is that he can accept his hardships without wishing that they also be visited on others.
Ed Rowland May 16, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Voters have had the final say.Now we move froward
Roc May 16, 2012 at 12:22 AM
We can't move forward. Our selectman broke the law and he should be investigated.
xxxoxox May 16, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Thanks to all that came out and voted today.
Bettie May 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM
If you did not go out and vote, you cannot complain about this. Less than 20% of the registered voters took the time to have their voices heard. This should be a lesson to all those who spend their time complaining and not voting.
Craig Zac May 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM
My taxes go up and My road isnt on the list?? Whos doing the road repairs? Dewy, cheatham and Howe? Or are they being paved in gold. Why do they call this a budget? why not say what it is... Instead of "Budget vote" it should be called a "Do you want you taxes raised" vote. not to mention (But Im gonna anyways) I dont have nor did I have, Nor will I have any kids in school... Yet my taxes go up??
Craig Zac May 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Sooooo if someone doesnt vote then they should be punished for it by paying more in taxes And not being able to complain about the raise in taxes..AGAIN? What about those who couldnt make it to the vote? or those who voted AGAINST it but lost? Hey I got an Idea, we should also take those who DID vote for it and just raise THIER taxes... I mean, those who wanted it, got it so they should now take care of it right?
Craig Zac May 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Yeah, I am so looking forward to working till I die because I wont have any retirement $$$. Oh what fun it'll be.
Roc May 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM
George Temple should be investigated and recalled if we have that process in Oxford.
Rich Gee May 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I know Rolling Hills Drive wasn't on the list (it was cut) - can someone at town hall please send some people to finish the patching they started? Part of the road (we're a horseshoe) has been patched, if they could just finish - that would be perfect! The only positive - people are driving slower right now. Thanks!
Joe Blow May 16, 2012 at 01:13 PM
What you should be asking is, why are we doing work (storm drainage cleaning) in a PRIVATE development? Pandora's box has been opened besides the fact I'm not even sure it is legal to use my tax dollars for this purpose. Since when do we work on private property with tax payers funds?
Joe Blow May 16, 2012 at 01:14 PM
What law did he break?
Roc May 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Based on Mr. Robinson's Article: "Although First Selectman George Temple’s intentions may have been good, as I stated earlier, if the proposed Municipal Budget is approved on May 15, 2012, is in violation of the Town of Oxford Zoning Regulations ARTICLE 5A, SECTION 4, SUBSECTION 4.2 B) which states “Ownership and Maintenance. All interior roads shall remain private ownership in perpetuity and all Town road maintenance services shall cease at the perimeter property line of the development parcel.” My suggestion is for the Town of Oxford to vote NO to the proposed Municipal Budget, send it back to a public hearing so that we can at least reduce these two line items, and bring the Municipal Budget back in conformance, and not violate the Town of Oxford Planning & Zoning and State of Connecticut Section 8-g which state only the Land Use Commission can put conditions on applications for Town Use, not a selectman or the Board of Selectman".
Joe Blow May 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I'm in total agreement with both yourself and Mr. Robinson and I have brought this fact up more than once on this site.
Grace Hily May 16, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I think I will move out of CT, it definetely is the worst state to retire in!
Farmer in Pennsylvania May 23, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I sense a pun in your patch about patching rolling hills :P Hope it is fixed!

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