PARIS – Oxford County commissioners want to pare more than $300,000 from the 2008 budget.

Department heads proposed a budget with expenditures totaling $6,429,175, a decrease of about $40,000 from 2007. However, estimated revenues also decreased, from $1,909,339 to $1,859,541.

Most of the proposed reductions are small and many capital expenditures were done away with. Commissioners proposed a 9.8 percent decrease, or $118,514 less, for the Sheriff’s Office, which would include $97,966 in capital expenditures.

For the jail, a 2.8 percent decrease of $35,734 would eliminate proposed kitchen and control room improvements.

Other capital expenditures that commissioners propose cutting are $4,000 for equipment at the probate court, $3,000 for a computer and printer at the District Attorney’s Office, and $17,898 for a telephone system to be shared by the jail, dispatch center and Sheriff’s Office.

Commissioners also asked to deny extra hours for employees at the Emergency Management Agency and to cease funding for a part-time clerk at the Registry of Deeds office in Fryeburg. They requested first year wages for a new victim’s advocate, who will replace a retiring victim advocate at the District Attorney’s Office.

Other reductions include denial of $10,000 requested for the Bethel Regional Airport and no increase in wages for the three county commissioners.

The budget will be reviewed at a work session at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at the commissioners’ office in Paris.


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