Oxford budget decision delayed

Jun. 11, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

OXFORD — Commissioners in Oxford have postponed taking final action to adopt a 2014-2015 budget as had been planned during their meeting on Tuesday.

Commissioner Danny Currin, chairman of the board’s finance committee, said the committee has scheduled a meeting to consider whether a reduction in debt service could offset part of the proposed 2-cent increase in the property tax rate.

The proposed budget presented by Oxford City Manager Randy Hemann would have raised the ad valorem tax rate from 62 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to 64 cents.

Mayor Jackie Sergent declared Tuesday’s public hearing on the budget to be continued rather than closed. The time, date and location of a special meeting will be announced to allow residents an opportunity to comment on the budget before it is adopted.

The proposed budget of $15,622,080 includes $8,526,890 in the General Fund, with the remainder made up of special funds.

Ad valorem tax revenue of $3,388,536 would provide the largest single source of General Fund revenue.

In other business, the commissioners scheduled a public hearing in conjunction with the July 8 meeting to receive comments on a proposal to rezone 15 acres of city property on Williamsboro Street from a general industrial district to an office-institutional district. Approximately six acres is available for development.

Harold Belton, the city finance officer, reported revenue for the General Fund was at 93 percent of the budgeted amount at the end of May, 91.6 percent of the way through the fiscal year. Expenditures at the end of May were at 85 percent of the budgeted amount.

Sergent presented the June Yard of the Month award to Mabel and L.T. Wilkerson of 222 Wilmington Avenue.

The commissioners reappointed Vincent Gilreath to the Planning Board for a term expiring in June 2020. Gilreath was originally appointed to the board in April to fill an unexpired term.

On the recommendation of the staff, Anthony Armento was appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission.

The city has two appointees on the Fireman’s Relief Fund. The board reappointed Taylor Jackson and Howard Herring Jr., each for a one-year term.

The commissioners reappointed Jimmy Brummitt to the Oxford-Henderson Airport Authority.

The board approved closing a section of Front Street from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on June 16-20 to accommodate Vacation Bible School.

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