Budget will be presented Tuesday in Oxford

May. 24, 2014 @ 04:01 PM

OXFORD — Oxford City Manager Randy Hemann will present a proposed 2014-2015 budget to the Oxford commissioners at a special called meeting Tuesday.

Begining at 4 p.m., the meeting will be held in the commissioners’ boardroom on the third floor of City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

“It’s a tough budget year,” said Oxford Mayor Jackie Sergent. “We’re working very hard to make the most with the least to bring improved services and planning to keep Oxford moving forward.”

Hemann said the board must grapple with some difficult issues, including an increase in the cost of water the city purchases from the Kerr Lake Regional Water System.

“We’ll have to deal with that,” he said.

But there are some bright spots.

“Health care is not as bad as it could be,” Hemann said. “There’s a 3 percent increase, which is modest.”

That compares with the 14 percent increase the city experienced last year.

As recently as Friday, Hemann and the board was hammering out details of the budget.

“It’s been very trying,” said Commissioner Danny Currin, who is chairman of the board’s budget and finance committee.

Sergent encouraged residents to attend the budget presentation.

“I hope the public feels increasingly comfortable coming to the board,” she said. “The more engagement we have, the better.”

 

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