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Bill permitting city sales tax at Fort Sill clears state House

A bill that would clear the way for the City of Lawton to potentially charge civilians city sales tax on purchases of food, materials and motel room stays on the Fort Sill military post was narrowly approved Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.
by Randy Ellis Published: May 14, 2014
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A bill that would help clear the way for the City of Lawton to potentially charge civilians city sales tax on purchases of food, materials and motel room stays on the Fort Sill military post was narrowly approved Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.

The bill passed 51- 42, receiving the exact number of yes votes needed for approval. It will now go to the governor.

Spirited debate on the House floor focused on whether it would be a tax on current and retired military personnel and their families.

House author Mike Jackson, R-Enid, said it would not be. Active and retired military personnel and their families all have sales tax exemptions, Jackson said.

Examples of people who might have to pay the tax include civilians who purchase food at a Fort Sill Burger King or private construction contractors who buy construction materials or appliances on the post to build military housing, Jackson said.

However, before any of that could happen, the Lawton City Council would have to pass an ordinance and the council would have to obtain prior approval from the Department of Defense, Jackson said.

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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