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Sales Tax Up For County


January 24, 2019

Santa Claus was very, very good to Shawnee, quite nice to Earlsboro and Asher, and gave Tecumseh and McLoud a big smile, a pat on the head and a little extra revenue this year.

And oh, yes. The jolly old gent also must have been carrying a few lumps of coal to distribute in city halls at Bethel Acres, Macomb and Wanette as well.

Those were among conclusions that could be reached by examining late November and early December sales tax proceeds for Pottawatomie County cities and towns and comparing those with figures for the same periods in 2017. That data was released last week by the Oklahoma Tax Commission covering actual sales from Nov. 16 to Nov. 30, 2018, and estimated sales from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15, 2018.

On a statewide basis, the commission's release noted, sales tax collections for cities and towns across the state were up $10,914,363 or 7 percent from the same time last year.

Shawnee, the county's largest city, racked up an impressive 20 percent increase with sales tax proceeds of $1,966,922.75 in 2018 compared to $1,573,267.35 during the same period in 2017. That's an increase of $393,655.40. However, the 2018 figure was inflated because the city increased its sales tax rate from 3 to 3.5 percent between the 2017 and 2018 periods covered by the report. Factoring that tax hike in decreases the percentage of growth to 17 percent - still much higher than the statewide growth rate of approximately 7 percent.

Earlsboro (2010 population 628) led the percentage "hit parade" for sales tax proceeds growth in Pottawatomie County for the November-December period. That community's 3 percent sales tax produced $22,627.03 this year and that was an increase of $7,673.95 or 34 percent over the $14,953.08 the same tax produced at this time a year ago. Third in that category behind Earlsboro was Asher (2010 population 396). Asher's 3 percent sales tax brought in $11,805.69 this year compared to $9,880.28 at this time a year ago, an increase of $1,925.41 or 16 percent.

Tecumseh, the county's second-largest community with a 2010 population of 6,457 and McLoud, the county's third most populous town with 4,685 residents in 2010, both showed year-to-year sales tax growth rates of 3 percent. Tecumseh took in $85,460.95 from its 3 percent sales tax in 2018 versus $82,652.41 during the same period in 2017 - an increase of $2,808.54. McLoud's 4 percent sales tax produced $64,190.22 in 2018 against $62,112.16 the previous year, a gain of $2,078.06.

Sales tax proceeds were down for this reporting period in six county communities. Bethel Acres' collections from its 2.5 percent tax decreased from $12,006.56 in 2017 to $10,993.41 in 2018, a drop of $1,013.15 or 9 percent. Macomb's 3 percent tax brought in $1,868.68 in 2018 against $2,129.95 during the same period in 2017, a dip or $261.27 or 14 percent. Pink's 3 percent sales tax generated $5,050.86 in 2018 compared to $5,328 in 2017, a slip of $277.14 or 5 percent and Wanette's 3.5 percent sales tax yielded $1,864.85 in 2018 and $2,102.72 in 2017, a decrease of $237.87 or 13 percent.

Two communities that are partially in Pottawatomie County also reported drops in their sales tax proceeds from in-county sales. Oklahoma City, which juts into the county from the west, took in $62,436.06 in the county from its 4.13 percent sales tax in 2018 compared to $73,433.98 in 2017, a drop of $11,007.92 or 18 percent. Maud, which is in Seminole and Pottawatomie counties, has a 4 percent sales tax. Sales in the Pottawatomie area of that community produced $4,073.53 in sales tax revenues in 2018 and $4,880.78 in 2017. The decrease was $807.25 or 20 percent.

Pottawatomie County's 1.495 percent sales tax brought in $1,042,021.53 in the 2018 reporting period compared to $989,253.89 at the same time the previous year. That was an increase of $52,767.84 or 5 percent.


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