Ox­ford con­sid­ers mak­ing man­ager full-time po­si­tion

The Covington News - - Local News - By Tharon Gid­dens

The Ox­ford City Coun­cil voted Mon­day to con­sider chang­ing the city’s form of govern­ment to one led by a full-time city man­ager.

The coun­cil agreed to have the city draft pa­per­work for the changes, which will be con­sid­ered in a work ses­sion at 6 p.m. Jan. 10. Pub­lic hear­ings will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 and 6 p.m. Jan. 24, with a ses­sion at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 to au­tho­rize a res­o­lu­tion ask­ing for the Newton County Leg­isla­tive Del­e­ga­tion to craft lo­cal leg­is­la­tion au­tho­riz­ing the change.

Any change could take ef­fect July 1, Mayor Jerry Rose­berry said.

“Man­ag­ing a city even the size of the city of Ox­ford has got­ten so com­pli­cated,” he said. “It just re­quires con­tin­ual man­age­ment.”

The coun­cil on Mon­day also held its orga- niza­tional meet­ing and re­tained its city of­fi­cers and coun­cil as­sign­ments. The only change is that coun­cil mem­ber Sue Dale was voted mayor pro-tem.

Carol A. Poole is again city clerk and trea­surer, Clark R. Miller is po­lice chief, David Strick­land will again serve as city at­tor­ney, Steven A. Hathorn is mu­nic­i­pal court judge and Quader Baig is mu­nic­i­pal court so­lic­i­tor.

Coun­cil mem­bers also re­tained com­mit­tee as­sign­ments, with Ge­orge Holt in charge of fi­nance and over­sight, Jim Wind­ham re­port­ing on build­ings and grounds, Frank J. Davis head­ing streets, side­walks and solid waste, Terry Smith helm­ing util­i­ties and pub­lic works, Hoyt Oliver on plan­ning, zon­ing, storm wa­ter and ceme­tery, and Dale chair­ing per­son­nel, pub­lic safety and parks and trees.

In other busi­ness, the coun­cil dis­cussed but took no ac­tion on a pro­posed homestead tax ex­emp­tion for home­own­ers. The coun­cil dis­cussed a $10,000 ex­emp­tion for owner-oc­cu­pied homes. Coun­cil­man Davis said a half-mil in­crease in the prop­erty tax rate would be needed to off­set rev­enue lost in the ex­emp­tion. In a home val­ued at $142,600 with an as­sessed value of $57,000, a home­owner who qual­i­fies for the ex­emp­tion would pay $40 less a year in prop­erty taxes, while the owner of a rental prop­erty would pay $30 more.

Two pub­lic hear­ings must be held be­fore any pro­posal can be voted on by the coun­cil. If ap­proved, the coun­cil would then con­tact the Leg­isla­tive Del­e­ga­tion to craft a lo­cal amend­ment to the state con­sti­tu­tion that would have to be voted on by city res­i­dents in the Novem­ber Gen­eral Elec­tion. If passed in Novem­ber, a homestead ex­emp­tion would take ef­fect in 2012.

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