Roof repair keeps bringing sales tax money in to Edmond

Edmond's sales tax collection checks continue to come in high. City officials credit roof repairs from the summer hailstorm.
by Diana Baldwin Published: October 13, 2012
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— City officials again this month are crediting the sale of materials for roof repairs from a summer hailstorm for sales tax revenue growth.

Edmond showed for the last two weeks of August and first half of September a 15.39 percent increase compared to the same month a year ago.

The city has seen an 18.81 percent increase, or more than $2.8 million, for the first four months of this fiscal year compared with a year ago.

“I am still seeing a lot of building supplies,” said Ross VanderHamm, city finance director. “I know roofs are being repaired on a daily basis.”

VanderHamm said he is also seeing general growth.

“If we didn't have the roof repairs, we would still have a 7 or 8 percent increase,” he said.

City officials had calculated a 3 percent growth for this fiscal year that started in July.

Capital improvement projects might get started more quickly with the extra sales tax money.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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