More news from the wire...
Oxford residents and business owners enjoy one of the lowest mil rates in New Haven County. For the budget year 2011-2012, our residents approved our municipal town budget on the second referendum. In 2011, Oxford property revaluations yielded a decrease in property taxes for more than 80% of all households, leading to a slight mil rate increase, still well below neighboring towns who will experience revaluations next year. Oxford continues to "hold the line" on spending while providing residents with near same-level services as experienced in the recent past. Road improvements continue at a steady pace and economic development continues at a steady pace. Because of Oxford's fiscally-responsible government with a vigilant eye on cost-effective progress, the State of Connecticut and the Federal Government provide regular grant assistance to the town. Oxford is regarded as a "small town crown jewel" of Connecticut.
Road improvements continue in Oxford despite the downturn in the national economy. Of the 120 miles of roads in Oxford, some are in need of repair, and others require new safety features such as traffic lights, stop signs, turning dirt roads into paved ones and implementing new drainage systems for water flow issues. Dangerous curves, narrow roads, shoulder ditches, new warning signs and road patching also continue at the same rate as the budget year 2008, at no extra cost to tax payers...
Other Road Improvement News
• Accident-reduction grant received to allow the town to remove dangerous curve on Governor’s Hill Road outside of Old Church Road. Spring: 2011
• ARRA funds used to reclaim and repave Christian Street between Airport Access Road and Robinson Lane – 2010/2011
• Town of Oxford applied for State (STEAP) funds to begin reclamation, drainage and paving on portions of Great Hill Road.
• Connecticut DOT will use STP funds to reconstruct a segment of Christian Street between Jacks Hill Road and Robinson Lane. The $2.0 million project will improve the contours and widen the Christian Street roadway to meet industrial standards. Construction is expected to be completed by year-end 2012.
• Oxford continues to pursue federal, regional and Connecticut-State grants and funds to assist in improving our local road conditions.
Please see linked PDF with a listing of Road Improvements since 2008.