Audit: Oxford’s finances in good shape

Published 6:28 pm Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Residents of Oxford, take note: The city’s financial health is looking up. A recent audit by the accounting firm Franks, Franks, Wilemon & Hagood gave the city’s finances a thumbs-up. Presented Tuesday at the Board of Aldermen meeting, the report shows that Oxford’s assets—everything from buildings and parks to cash in the bank—outweigh its liabilities, like debts and other obligations, by a significant $175 million.

What This Means for You

So why does this matter to the average resident? A financially stable city can do more for its people. Oxford is in a position to invest in better schools, improved public safety and more recreational spaces. And let’s not forget, a financially secure city is less likely to spring surprise tax hikes or new fees on its residents.

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Ready for Rainy Days

The audit also indicates that Oxford is prepared for unexpected challenges, whether natural disasters or economic downturns. The city has the financial cushion to keep essential services like fire and police departments running smoothly, even when times get tough. That is a layer of security that benefits everyone in the community.

Looking Ahead

The positive financial outlook gives Oxford the freedom to plan for the future. This could mean anything from upgrading public transportation to building new community centers. A solid financial report card also makes the city more attractive to businesses, which could lead to job growth and a boost in the local economy.

Management Gets a Nod

It’s worth mentioning that the city’s management team received positive remarks in the audit. They ensure the finances are well-handled and transparent, contributing to the city’s overall financial well-being.

The Bottom Line

The latest audit is more than just numbers; it indicates that Oxford is on a stable and positive path. For residents, this means a better quality of life and a brighter future for the community.


Citizens can review the audit here