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City OKs $25M budget

The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the $25 million 2014-2015 fiscal year budget Tuesday that included a .97 millage tax increase and 2 percent cost of living raise for city employees. (September 10, 2014, Page 1, 2)

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    More utilities to be moved underground

    The Oxford Planning Commission gave a nod to a new ordinance that would require utilities be installed underground when a house or businesses goes under substantial renovations. (September 9, 2014, Page 1, 14)

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      Homeless cases rise in Oxford

      Interfaith Commission Ministry is fighting an uphill battle as more and more Lafayette County residents need help after cut hours during slow summer work schedules caused bills to pile up for many. (September 9, 2014, Page 1, 14)

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        Uber arrives in Oxford

        OPD has issued about five citation to Uber drivers since the smartphone application ride-sharing business started in Oxford two weeks ago for not following the city’s taxi laws. Uber officials say they don’t have to meet the “antiquated” laws that do not allow for technology-driven transportation services. (September 8, 2014, Page 1, 2)

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          Paid parking pays off

          Since paid parking was implemented, the city has raised $5,275 in funds from the meters that went live on Tuesday on the premium spots around the Square. Parking Director Matt Davis reported to the Oxford Downtown Parking Commission on Friday that the parking officers wrote 122 tickets for overtime parking in the first three days of Oxford’s new paid-parking system. (September 7, 2014, Page 1A)

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            Guiding Growth

            As boom times  for development in Oxford return, city leaders are adopting and proposing several new regulations aimed at ensuring that this new building doesn’t diminish the quality of life residents now enjoy. (September 7, 2014, Page 1A)

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              Tree census planned for fall

              The Oxford Tree Board, along with volunteers from the MSU Extension Service and Ole Miss, will be conducting a tree inventory of trees on city rights-of way and parks and using satellite pictures to conduct a tree canopy study this fall. (September 5, 2014, Page 1)

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                Covered walkway declined for hotel

                The Oxford Board of Aldermen denied a request from the contractor for the new 32-bed boutique hotel, The Chancellor’s House to build a covered pedestrian walkway on a portion of northbound lane on South Lamar. (September 4, 2014, Page 2)

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                  City set to adopt FY 2015 budget

                  No one spoke in favor of, or against, the proposed fiscal year 2015 city budget during a public hearing Tuesday, (September 4, 2014, Page 1)

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                    Two cases Legionnaires’ reported

                    Two visitors to Oxford brought home more than souvenirs from their trip. According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, two people may have contracted Legionnair’s disease while staying at a hotel in Oxford; however there is no health risk at this time and an investigation of the hotel came up empty. (September 4, 2014, Page 1)

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