Committee adopts trimmed county budget
by Peter L McGuire, Staff Writer Sun Journal Nov. 20, 2013
PARIS — Members of the county Budget Committee trimmed more than $64,000 from the 2014 budget, dropping the proposed property tax levy to its lowest amount since 2011.
Following more than two hours of deliberation in a meeting at the Oxford County Commission room Tuesday, the nine-member committee unanimously adopted $6,172,296 in expenditures, compared to the $6,236,463 proposed by commissioners last month.
Even though the budget is still almost $273,000 more than last year, the amount of taxes to be collected from Oxford County is $5,170,554, a savings of more than $36,800 from last year's taxes.
The committee only made amendments to the sheriff's budget. In a 5-3 vote, members decided to write off a $91,667 payment the department was scheduled to make to the county's casino reserve.
Last year, commissioners approved using $275,000 from the casino account to finance the purchase of 10 cruisers for the Sheriff's Office, with the understanding that the money would be paid back to the reserve fund over three years.
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