Sales tax collections encouraging
Edmond's sales tax collections for the first seven months of the fiscal year are 18.9 percent above funds received during the same period two years ago.
City officials calculated this year's budget using collections from two years ago. They think last fiscal year's figures were elevated because of roof repairs and large, one-time purchases.
“Edmond continues to be extremely fortunate in the trending of our most critical revenue source,” said City Manager Larry Stevens. “Sales tax numbers are extremely encouraging.”
The latest sales tax collection check is for the last two weeks of November and the first half of December.
The city has collected $35.8 million this fiscal year from the 3.75 percent sales tax collected in Edmond.
“This is still over three times above our 6 percent budget projection,” Stevens said.
Shoppers in Edmond pay an 8.25 percent sales tax on purchases; 4.5 percent goes to the state and 3.75 percent is returned to the city. Of the city's portion, 2 percent goes to the general fund and a half-cent goes to construction of the public safety center. The remaining city sales tax money that does not go into the general fund is divided among firefighters, the police department and capital improvements as designated by voters.
Site shows center's construction
Residents can watch from their computers as construction crews build the new public safety center by going to www.edmondok.com/index.aspx?NID=1079. A camera is focused on the southeast corner of First Street and Littler Avenue, where the four-story building will be constructed over the next two years.
The $27.5 million public safety center complex includes the downtown building that will house police headquarters, public safety communications and emergency management operations. A second 15,000-square-foot building near 33rd Street and Broadway is for the police department's crime lab and evidence and vehicle storage.
Edmond has collected $13.5 million from a half-cent sales tax to build the public safety center complex. Collection of the half-cent tax started in April 2012 and will last five years.
The Old Bulldog Band, a group of Edmond High School students from the 1960s and 1970s, will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 for Edmond Memorial High School Swine Week. The concert will raise money for the City Rescue Mission, this year's Swine Week recipient. The concert at the Edmond Memorial High School Commons will cost $25 and will include a catered meal by Earl's Rib Palace. Tickets are available online at http://www.swineweek.org or www.swineweek.org/#!old-bulldog-band/c83m.