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Edmond's sales tax increases Sunday

Edmond's sales tax will go up a half-cent Sunday, with proceeds to build a $25.5 million public safety center to house police headquarters, a 911 communication center and emergency management operations. Edmond voters approved the tax hike in October.
by Diana Baldwin Published: March 28, 2012
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Becky Crow, owner of Broadway Antiques in downtown Edmond, was reading her cash register manual on Wednesday to make sure she will know how to charge her customers a higher sales tax rate.

“It shouldn't be too complicated,” Crow said. “I just need to brush up so I will have it done when I open.”

Edmond's sales tax goes up by a half-cent Sunday to 8.25 percent.

The extra tax will be collected for five years to pay for a $25.5 million public safety center that will house police headquarters, the 911 communications center and emergency management operations.

It's the first time in 10 years the tax rate has changed in Edmond. Voters approved the tax hike on Oct. 11. The tax ends in May 2017.

Edmond will join Moore and Norman in charging an 8.25 percent sales tax. Midwest City has a lower tax rate at 7.80 percent.

Oklahoma City, Nichols Hills, The Village and Yukon all have higher tax rates than Edmond, ranging from 8.38 percent to 8.50 percent.

Ross VanderHamm, city finance director, said he expects the city to collect nearly $7.1 million during the next fiscal year. Over the five-year life of the tax, VanderHamm said, the half-cent sales tax should bring in more than $37.8 million.

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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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