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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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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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