The Oxford City Council has a full agenda for Tuesday, with public hearings on a change in the form of government for the city and a proposed homestead exemption, and a called meeting on changes to the city's retirement plan.
The Oxford City Council reviewed the proposed budget for 2011 at a work session Monday night. Council members requested additional changes to the budget and will meet again on Nov. 29 to discuss it further . They also reviewed amendments to the 2010 budget during their meeting.
The Newton County Board of Education is expected to discuss the naming of the new elementary school at its meeting Tuesday night, and members of the Oxford city council are working to make sure that even though the school will take the place of Palmer-Stone Elementary, it will not go by that name.
The oldest home in Oxford is currently for sale. It's Orna Villa, and it stands a bit off the main road through the small town. A peek inside the windows of the Greek Revival mansion show peeling wallpaper and a home in need of a loving family to bring it back to life. But although the home is devoid of furniture, if the rumors are true, it does come with its own ghosts.
The Oxford community continues to pursue its goal of creating an extensive multi-use trail system and recently added another 1,100 feet of paved path, or two-tenths of a mile.
As in previous years, the additional section was a joint effort between the City of Oxford and non-profit Newton County Trails-Path Foundation; the two groups evenly split the $40,000 cost. Oxford business Designed Installations by Jim Williams did the work.
The Oxford City Council has decided they will not raise taxes and has elected to go with a rollback rate, which has increased the millage rate, but will ultimately cost homeowners less money due to a decrease in property values.