Oxford Votes Tuesday on Second 2014-15 Budget Referendum

Board of Finance reduced the spending request by just over $1 million ahead of the second vote.

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Oxford residents are returning to the polls Tuesday, June 3, for the second vote on the 2014-15 budget.

After the first budget proposal failed — both the municipal and education budgets were voted down on May 13 — the Board of Finance cut $500,000 from the education request and just over $500,00 from the municipal side.

The new proposal would effectively raise the mill rate 0.48 percent from 24.75 to 24.87. The $42,909,589 budget is a $522,486 (1.2 percent) increase over 2014-15.

Several cuts were made to the municipal budget, though the largest — $460,000 — came from a decision to finance the purchase of new Public Works trucks rather than bear the cost upfront, according to Finance Director Jim Hliva.

Municipal cuts totaled $512,800 from the original 2014-15 proposal.

Polls will be open at Quaker Farms Elementary School Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Download a copy of the proposal above.

Energy Bob June 01, 2014 at 09:58 AM
Where are all of the VOTE signs? It's as if both sides, nor the town, don't want residents to know about the vote. So, we should expect a much smaller turnout, so who does that effect more, those for or against the budgets?
Slappy McDoodlebottom June 01, 2014 at 09:06 PM
I guess the vote no signs are still in Stockers garage and vote yes in Tim's.
Roc June 01, 2014 at 09:22 PM
I have friends that are teachers. All they care about is their benefits and being off for the summer.
Allison June 01, 2014 at 11:07 PM
Most people are concerned about benefits. Having the summer off is pretty awesome. However, if you are not a teacher yourself, then you have no idea what it is like. The nonsense that a teacher deals with on a daily basis from both the students and their parents is crazy. The good definitely outweighs the bad but there are some days... Anyway, I am sorry that you feel that those are the only two things your friends care about.


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