EDMOND — Edmond's sales tax collections checks for the first 11 months of the fiscal year have been nearly $1.1 million more than city leaders budgeted.
The city received a $3,807,687 check this month from the Oklahoma Tax Commission, representing collections for the last two weeks of March and the first half of April.
That is $108,584 more than budgeted for the month.
Also, the city received $292,899 for the first two weeks of collection of the half-cent sales tax that went into effect April 1. Voters passed the additional sales tax to build a $25.5 million public safety center. The extra tax will last five years.
City Finance Director Ross VanderHamm said he is keeping the public safety center tax separate so he can compare “apples to apples.”
“We have seen a 6.36 percent growth this year,” VanderHamm said. “That is a healthy increase.”
Sales tax collections are back to the level seen in 2008 and 2009.