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Pat Patterson

Cold beer reaction remains quiet

While some people expressed concern that selling cold beer in Oxford takes away from the city’s charm, most are happy to see it finally arrive. (August 23, 2013, Page 1A)

City won’t raise taxes — this year

The good news for Oxonians coming from City Hall this morning is that the millage rate will not need to be increased to balance the city’s 2013-14 budget. However, that could change next year, according to Mayor Pat Patterson. (August 19, 2013, Page 1A, 3A)

Oxford may cut proposed wage increase

To help balance the city budget, the Oxford Board of Aldermen is considering granting a 2.5 percent cost of living adjustment raise instead of the 3 percent given to city employees last year. (August 16, 2013, Page 1A)

New tennis courts coming

City, county and university officials and community members gathered on the grounds of the Oxford Activity Center Tuesday for the groundbreaking ceremony for 12 new courts that will be added to the eight existing to form FNC Tennis Center John Leslie Courts. (August 14, 2013, Page 1, 14)

City cuts funding requests

Efforts are being made to ensure the city’s budget remains balanced by the Oxford Board of Aldermen. (August 9, 2013, Page 1A, 2A)

Cold beer fans show support

A public hearing was held at the Oxford Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night at City Hall with a standing-room only crowd where the majority of those attending supported the city removing a clause from an ordinance preventing the sale of cold beer and light wine. (August 7, 2013, Page 1)

City OKs parking garage site

After reviewing a report from consultant Lee Burch on two viable sites for a parking garage in downtown Oxford, members of the Downtown Parking Advisory Commission all agreed the best site for the new proposed garage is behind City Hall. (August 5, 2013, Page 1, 12)

OPC asks to add staff person

More budget hearing continued this week with the Oxford Park Commission and several other recreational departments presenting their budgets to the Board of Aldermen for review. OPC Director Rob Boyd is requesting another full-time staff person to help manage the growing OPC. (August 2, 2013, Page 2A)

City trust fund dips, rebounds

The Fed’s stimulus announcement in June caused the returns of Oxford’s $30 million investment to dip ending the second quarter of the fiscal year with a -0.7 percent return.
However, the Fed shortly announced it changed its position and fixed income investments rallied allowing Oxford’s returns to jump back up to 2.1 percent gain in July. (August 1, 2013, Page 1)

Messy yards may result in ticket

Homeowners in Oxford will soon need to take extra care to make sure their lawns are tidy as the Oxford Police Department prepares to take over city code enforcement. OPD presented its FY 2013-14 to the Board of Aldermen Wednesday which included the addition of the new officer as well as eight new patrol cars, lapel cameras and AR-15 rifles. Read about the proposed budget from OPD and other city departments in today’s EAGLE. (July 25, 2013, Page 1)

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