Village of Oxford MI is looking for some additional revenue to help beef up its 2011-2012 budget, so officials are considering asking voters for permission to sell some public properties.
It’s by no means a sure thing, but last week council indicated it would like its attorney to draft some ballot language seeking voters permission to sell the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum building and 3.1 acres of vacant land, located south of Dayton St. and west of Pleasant St.
Voter approval is required by the village charter to sell any propertyof value in excess of $5.00 per capita. Based on the 2010 census which counted 3,436 people in the village, any property worth more than $17,180.00 requires a vote.
The village manager informed council there is someone interested in purchasing the museum, the museum’s value to be somewhere in the range of $150,000.00 to $250,000.00. In addition to the museum, council might also consider selling 4 vacant parcels that the village owns off Pleasant and Dayton streets.
The majority of residents who spoke favored either developing the land into a park for neighborhood children or keeping it as open space. If housing was ever built on the property, the residents at the time favored single family homes.
references: c j carnacchio, oxford leader, donsrealty.net