The Silent Partner: Changes in law give more power to cities Landing a big retail store in Alabama sometimes takes serious bait.
Since 1994, Oxford's Commercial Development Authority has been the city's fishing pole. The city baited the CDA's hook by providing grading and infrastructure work for retail property.
Oxford promised to pay CDA bonds OXFORD — The development of two large commercial projects in Oxford happened because the City Council made a promise to pay back debts of its Commercial Development Authority.
CDA contracts not at Oxford City Hall People looking for contracts signed by Oxford's Commercial Development Authority won't find them at City Hall where the board meets. They're up the road on East 13th Street in Anniston in the office of city attorney John Phillips. Their location may put the city on the wrong side of state law which says records must be kept in the principal office of the CDA. And the principal office, the law says, must be in Oxford's city limits.
Oxford taxpayers paid for demolition OXFORD — A stone mound on a hill behind the Oxford Exchange created by American Indians 1,500 years ago will soon disappear. And whether Oxford's taxpayers wanted it or not, they paid for its destruction.
Planting the $eeds: Anniston hopes new board will bear retail fruit Anniston's City Council has seen what it looks like across the bridge in Oxford. Retail continues to grow, though it has been slowed by a bad economy. The Oxford Exchange, an outdoor mall loaded with big-name retailers, is a giant cash register filling the city's bank account with tax money.
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Dan Whisenhunt Assistant Metro EditorAnniston Star