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City of Oxford

Oxford officials deserve praise for budget work

Editor Don Whitten passes out kudos to Oxford’s mayor, aldermen and department heads for their work on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, noting they’ve been able to spend money well and raise salaries without raising taxes. (September 14, 2012, Page 4A)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Terry Haller writes about the city’s plans for Avent Park to help deal with water issues. (April 19, 2012, Page 4)

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      Some alarmed by fire code inspections

      While few violations were found on the Square, city fire inspectors were double checking occupancy levels at many restaurants and bars on the Square on Thursday night. These inspections are expected to continue through the weekend. There are questions from business owners, however, about the frequency and randomness of the checks. (October 14, 2011, Page 1A)

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        City OKs $21.6M budget

        The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved the 2011-2012 budget with no tax increases on Tuesday while also tweaking traffic patrols on the Square. (September 14, 2011, Page 1)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Brian W. Pray writes to give another thought about what the city – and county – should do with the windfall from the sale of the hospital, while Harley Garrett writes to say that the government has too much power and we should be taking it back. (August 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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            City proposes water, sewer rate hike

            The city of Oxford is proposing a rate hike for water and sewer service for its residents and current customers as well as setting rates for current Bell Utilities customers if the city’s plans to purchase the utility system’s water and sewer systems and customer base are approved. The Public Service Commission must give approval for the purchase and rates to go forward. (August 19, 2010, Page 1)

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              City unveils new website

              Have you visited the City of Oxford’s website lately? The city unveiled what it hopes to be an easier to manage site. Completely designed by the City staff, more features have been added along with more information for the citizens of Oxford. (July 5, 2010, Page 1)

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                City cracking down on mobile vendors

                Although the city has zero transient vendor permits on file, concern for the future has new rules proposed to cut down on requests. A public hearing on proposed changes to transient vendor rules was held Tuesday, and is scheduled to be voted on April 20. (April 9, 2010, Page 1A)

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                  Hotel builder seeks incentives

                  The city is considering a request from local hotelier Chan Patel for some tax breaks and incentives to build an 80-bed hotel next to the Oxford Conference Center. The request is for three items: a tax abatement, sidewalks and landscaping funded by the city, and waiver of one-time city fees, such as electrical connections. (February 4, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Harvesting energy from the sun

                    As the proud owner of the first residential solar installation in Oxford, Lowry Lomax’s main objective is to help the environment. Completing a process that began eight months ago, Lomax worked with Mississippi Solar, the Oxford Electric Department and Avent Builders to complete the installation of the panels at his home on Tyler Avenue. (February 3, 2010, Page 1)

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