Seems innocuous enough, what made these two issues so contentious? There will be a referendum though, on splitting the Education budget our of the general fund.
Oxford's efforts to revise its town charter seem to grow more confusing as each week passes. First, the Oxford Board of Selectmen voted last week to shelve two important charter changes — to make the office of first selectman a full-time position and to reduce from 14 to seven the number of days between a town meeting and a referendum on budget proposals. Both issues had been hotly debated in recent weeks.**
A separate education budget will undoubtedly mean that Oxford officials — and the voters themselves — will have a clearer picture of exactly how much of their tax dollars goes into funding the education of Oxford's school children. The problem lies in the referendum's approach. The budget split will be broached to the voters through two different questions. One question would have the split take effect starting next year, while the other calls for the split to become effective in about four years, when the still-under-construction Oxford High School has all class levels in the building.
... Selectman Rick O'Doy raised a pertinent question: What if both of the two mutually-exclusive questions are approved by Oxford voters?**
Confusing ballot questions seem to crop up more and more, or at least are reported on more often. What happened to simple Yes/No types of questions?
**The Connecticut Post,Oxford questions could be confusing