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Edmond Exchange, July 18

Edmond Exchange for July 18
by Diana Baldwin Published: July 18, 2013

Edmond Exchange

City sales tax receipts grow

Edmond's July sales tax check was 17.21 percent higher than projected.

The check for $4,992,418 was the first for the fiscal year that started July 1. It represents the last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June.

“We are off to a great start,” City Manager Larry Stevens said.

A 6 percent growth in sales tax revenue is projected in this year's budget.

“Even though this initial month was almost three times above our projection for the year, we believe that this percentage will be more moderate over the full year,” Stevens said.

Storm damage costs not known

Calculation of the exact dollar amount of damage Edmond received in the May 19 tornado may never be complete because of the number of insured homeowners and businesses whose property was damaged, said Matt Stillwell, the city's emergency management director.

No one was reported injured in the Sunday afternoon tornado that hit southeast Edmond and damaged 11 homes and Mercy Edmond I-35, an $88 million medical complex and wellness center still under construction.

Mercy's complex was expected to open this month. Extensive tornado damage delayed the opening for at least another year. Mercy officials said they do not have a dollar damage estimate.

Three houses received major damage. Two were in Thornebrook, between 33rd and 15th streets off Bryant Avenue, Stillwell said. Eight houses received minor damage. Roof damage and uprooted trees were seen throughout the city.

Damage from the tornado that can be calculated and will be turned over to FEMA for reimbursement is between $400,000 and $500,000. Damage to privately insured property is not reported to the city and is not eligible for FEMA reimbursement.

The cost to the city to haul away debris left by the storm was $125,000. Edmond Electric spent between $250,000 and $300,000 to repair the city's electrical system.

Park system expansive

Edmond has nearly 800 acres of developed park land and more than 700 acres of nature-based parks at Arcadia Lake.

Edmond has 26 parks in its system. The city also owns Pelican Bay Aquatic Center and eight sports complexes. There are seven trails covering 14 miles throughout the city and six trails at Arcadia Lake.

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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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