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[Video] Oxford High Field Proponents Hold Rally For 'Yes' Votes

Votes sought for today's referendum, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Quaker Farms. (Links to more info. below.)

 football players and cheerleaders held a rally with politicans and parents on Route 67 Wednesday encouraging people to vote 'yes' in tomorrow's referendum on the OHS field and track proposal. 

Oxford Patch was at the rally on Wednesday and took this video, above.

The town is  whether they support bonding roughly $3.1 million for the proposed athletic complex.

. There are also several more links to stories we've written about this proposal posted to the bottom right hand side of this page under the tab "See More on Patch." 

Jim August 16, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Can we afford this expense? Would the First Selectman be so in favor of the fields if his son wasn't a football player? Should a field be built facing the wrong to simply try to get it passed? All we hear from the BOF is that in these tough economic times everyone has to make sacrifices. How about public safety? The town can use another town police officer, when will a library be built instead of using the basement of the town hall. How long can Center School stay in disrepair before another school needs to be built? Why was an ambulance taken out of the budget yet again? Just some questions that everyone seems to be avoiding. Can we really afford fields now? Why can't the field be built the correct way instead of having our young athletes facing the sun?
Paul Singley August 16, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I apologize in advance to OHS Quarterback Brennen Diaz, who spells his name that way. I added an 'a' where it wasn't necessary in the video.
Me August 16, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Is it me or is this video not working? Can't get it to play, just keeps coming up with a message about it being a "duplicate" or something.
Paul Singley August 16, 2012 at 09:41 AM
Sorry about that. This one should work. I tried to upload it a second time because the thumbnail on this one was bad. But obviously it won't let me do it. So, I featured a picture on the homepage. Click the video and it should work. Thanks for pointing that out.
Craig Zac August 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Make these big builders who want to build all these homes in Oxford foot the bill for all the stuff you mentioned. They want to build their huge housing complexes here, they should also help the town by getting us another Ambulance (more houses = more folks=more people going to the hospital.) buy us the field since the ppl buying their homes will have kids going to our schools, they can give us the $$$ for at least 2 more Police officers for at least 5 years untill we can afford it ourselves, they can build a good sized, modern Library AND they should build us a new, up to datd Animal shelter that can house more than a few dogs and hire 2 or 3 full time employees and allow a staff of volunteers to help out. I think thats a fair trade off, I mean these companies want to make $$$ building up all our open land, they shouldhave to give back to the town for that!!!
Roc August 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM
can anyone tell me whether or not the proposed mill rate increase of 0.1657 for this project is for the length of the 20 year bond or just a one time increase?The paper doesn't say so.
Roc August 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Also, George Temple is wrong when he say's in this video that everyone is for it. A typical political lie. The sole reason to build this project is to bring the community together. What a crock!
Dick Kaminski August 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I do not believe this is the best use of $3m considering all of the outstanding town needs. I do not believe that this field and track has a higher spending priority than repairing existing school facilities. I do not believe that this proposal is not being rushed through for the personal benefit of a few. I do not believe that this facility will be properly maintained in the future. I do not believe the current bids are totally fixed but that they contain wiggle room for unknowns. I do not believe the contingency contained in current proposal will be sufficient. I do not believe I want to hear the argument “…it’s only pennies a day” every time there is an unbudgeted item; cumulatively these pennies add up. I do not believe that this field and track will bring the town together. I do believe that due to the current economy, the bids received are favorable. I do believe that due to the current economy, the interest rate to bond is very low. I do believe that should this referendum fail, it will be brought up again and again until it passes with higher construction and bonding costs. I do believe that for the last three points, I will have to vote yes on Thursday.
Carol Kirby August 16, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Based on points 1-8, I'm don't know why points 9-11 would be the justification to vote yes on this project.
Carol Kirby August 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Should read, "I don't know why".
Paul Singley August 16, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Yes, Roc: That is based on a 20-year bond. Click here to see a fiscal impact statement of the project. It's attached here as Exhibit A. http://www.oxford-ct.gov/lib/site/data/meeting_documents/b6303deee76b8d41e828178b9a91c6bb/BOSSpMtgMin071012.PDF
Paul Singley August 16, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I've also attached that fiscal impact statement as a PDF for all to see. click on the PDF above.
Me August 16, 2012 at 05:28 PM
You almost had me Dick until you mentioned interest rates and competitive pricing not being "favorable" in a downed economy. That's where you lost me. If you "buy" in a good economy you are paying for less competitive prices and higher rates. Ex. In 2007 before the economy tanked the bond rate was well over 4%, right now it's in the low 2%s. make no mistake about it, this is a buyer's market for non-everyday consumables. Interest rates are down everywhere. I wish I bought my house now at 3+% than I did at 5% before the market tanked. This is the best time to buy in term of rates and prices. And I don't specifically mean the fields. Good economies are seller's markets, bad economies are buyer's markets.

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