by Karen Sherrell
The former mayor of Oxford, Mike Warden, petitioned Izard County for reimbursement of taxes he paid, after it was discovered that his residence he claimed was located on city property, was actually located on a parcel outside of the city limits.
A recent reappraisal of properties in Izard County uncovered the fact that Warden’s home was listed on a different parcel than it was located, which meant he also did not meet the residential requirements to hold municipal office.
County Order 2013-37, was approved by Izard County Judge David Sherrell on October 14, to refund real estate taxes paid by Warden on the parcel listed in the city limits, but actually a rural parcel, for the years of 2010, 2011, and 2012. Personal property taxes paid were also refunded for 2010 and 2011, and a credit was issued for 2012. Warden petitioned the court for a refund of taxes which resulted in the difference between the Oxford city and rural millage, a total of 5 mils, or $325.85.
“The law says we can go back three years for a refund, and that’s what I did, follow the law,” stated Sherrell. Warden’s residence, built in 2001, was added to tax rolls that same year. Warden had petitioned the court to annex the property in 2002, but never followed through with the paperwork.
Warden resigned as mayor of Oxford on October 15, after meeting with council members in an executive session. He was elected in 2002 and served 11 years.

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