Edmond gets an unexpected $87,799 check

An $87,799 sales tax refund check showed up in Edmond this week. The money came from the three-day, tax-free shopping event. City officials expected only one sales tax collection check for the month.
by Diana Baldwin Published: October 27, 2012
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Edmond's tax rate increased in April to 3.75 percent after voters approved a half cent increase to build a new public safety center.

This year, $2.7 million has been collected for the $25.5 million public safety center.

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

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 portion, 2 percent goes to the general fund for operations.

For the month of October, $2.8 million goes to the general fund to be used to operate the city. That is 17.31 percent more than collected a year ago.

The remaining sales tax is divided among firefighters, the police department, parks and capital improvements, as designated by Edmond voters.


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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None of the cities knew it wasn't included until we received a separate check.

Ross VanderHamm Edmond City Finance Director

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