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Edmond Exchange, May 15

Edmond Exchange, a weekly wrap-up of what is going on in Edmond.
Oklahoman Published: May 15, 2014


Sales tax money positive

Edmond sales tax collections for the first 11 months of the fiscal year are 16.7 percent above what was received during the same period two years ago.

City officials calculated this year’s budget using collection figures from two years ago. They think last year’s figures were elevated because of roof repairs and large, one-time purchases.

They included a 6 percent growth in this year’s budget.

“Our very positive trend continues with the 11th check of the fiscal year,” said City Manager Larry Stevens.

Finance officials revised this year’s budget after sales tax collections continued to come in above projected numbers.

Ross VanderHamm, city finance director, said this fiscal year’s budget was boosted 7.41 percent.

For the 3.75 percent city sales tax, Edmond has collected $55,131,502 so far this fiscal year.

Edmond has collected $16 million from a half-cent sales tax to build the new public safety center complex. More than $13,888 in interest also has been received.

Collection of the half-cent tax started in April 2013 and will last for five years.

Don’t worry yet

Trees are a little late leafing this year because of freezing temperatures experienced in early spring, Edmond urban forestry officials said.

The cold temperatures caused buds to break on many trees which caused delays.

If there is a question whether the tree is alive, try slightly bending the twigs. Live twigs should be somewhat flexible, while dead twigs will be brittle and most likely snap in half.

Also observe the bud. These will swell as the tree prepares to unfurl its leaves, they said.

Edmond’s Urban Forestry department manages public trees, street median landscaping and landscape ordinance administration. The department also offers private tree assessments. The Urban Forestry Department strives to improve the health and benefits of the city’s urban forest through several programs.

Check out the department’s programs at

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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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