Part of the increase is due to the half cent sales tax that was approved to build the new public safety center. For December, the city received $621,213 from the tax. For this fiscal year, $4,728,095 has been collected to build the new center.
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 the city.
Of the city's portion, 2 percent goes to the general fund and a half cent goes to construct 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.
Edmond in its January check received $2,482,547 from the 2 percent designated for the general fund. That was $104,572 or 4.4 percent above the anticipated monthly amount.