OXFORD — Oxford City Council began the bond process which will give the city's school system $26 million for construction projects at Oxford High School.
Following a heated debate at Tuesday night's city council meeting between Mayor Leon Smith and the council the council voted unanimously to pass the resolution.
Smith asked the council for more time to review funds.
Council President Mike Henderson said the city had looked at the issue beginning in 2005 and waiting longer would only delay work and increase construction costs by more than $4 million each year.
Smith said repeatedly that he was for education and pointed toward monies he had approved for re-roofing school buildings among other projects.
"A city cannot pay for all of what a school wants and we've paid our share and they've never wanted for anything," Smith said.