Edmond's July sales tax check tops $5 million, sets single-month record

Edmond's July sales tax collection check was 17.94 percent more than the city received for the same month a year ago. The July check topped $5 million, the largest reimbursement ever received by the city.
by Diana Baldwin Published: July 12, 2012
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— Edmond's sales tax collection check for July topped $5 million, the largest reimbursement ever received by the city in one month.

City Finance Director Ross VanderHamm said the check for the last two weeks of May and the first half of June was 17.94 percent more than the city received for the same month a year ago.

The July check would still be the highest even if the $669,812 collected from the half-cent sales tax designated for the new public safety center were subtracted from the total, VanderHamm said. City leaders had budgeted to receive $600,063 for July for the public safety center.

The 17.94 percent increase took leaders by surprise.

“That is a lot,” VanderHamm said. “I was concerned and called the tax commission. They didn't see anything.”

City leaders will receive additional information next week that may help explain the reasons behind the large check.

If one considers only the 2 percent sales tax that goes into the general fund for daily operations of the city, VanderHamm said, the additional $407,592 would equate to a $20 million increase in sales for the month.

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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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