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Posted: June 9, 2012 2:01 p.m.

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Oxford chooses project for ’13 budget, votes to privatize sanitation services

Oxford City Council will vote June 18 on the finalized budget for the 2013 fiscal year, said Mayor Jerry Roseberry.

After calculating the revenue and expenditures, the city had a surplus of $262,307 left for additional projects.
The council had to whittle down a $1.2 million project request list.

Among the requests that made the cut are: electricity, water and sewer projects.

Oxford will replace some of the street lights and Pierce Street will be re-conducted in an effort to better provide electric to Oxford College.

The waterline on Cook Road will be repaired and the old City Hall will be connected to a sewer line.

City Manager Clark Miller said a ground survey of the cemetery in the northwest section for future plots in addition to $20,000 already budgeted for improvements to the cemetery.

The city will also put $38,500 towards a new police car and equipment.

A trailer will also be purchased to better transport the city's Bobcat. The park on Mitchell Street will receive improvements.

In the finalized budget, the electric fund will hold $90,000, the water and sewer $1.29 million and the general fund $56,500.

Purchases like the police car and the Bobcat trailer as well as the park and cemetery survey projects will come from the general fund.

For projects that are not ready to begin, the money will be deposited into a pool capital fund until the project is ready to begin.

As of Friday, Oxford still had not received the finalized tax digest, said Mayor Roseberry.

Oxford City Council voted Monday to privatize its sanitation services for one year, using it as a trial period.

Because the city is using the year as a trial period, city will keep all of its trash and recycling pickup equipment until a permanent decision is made.

If the city had voted to continue to provide the service, it would have lost money. Revenues were projected to be $143,000 while expenses were estimated to be around $230,000 - an approximate loss of more than $85,000.

Yard waste and clipping services will not be privatized. The city will continue to provide these services to its residents.

By privatizing the trash and recycling pickup, Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry said the city's supervisors will be able to focus their energies toward more productive efforts.

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