El Reno, Canadian County see increase in sales tax revenue
City manager suspects the revenue can be traced to transient oil and gas workers moving in and out of the area.
Sales tax proceeds remained on a roll for El Reno and a countywide Canadian County tax, according to the Dec. 22 report from the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
El Reno's total check representing sales tax proceeds between Oct. 16 and Nov. 15 was $565,585, almost 19 percent higher than the total from the same period in 2009.
â€œWe want it to stay the way it is,â€ said El Reno City Manager Tony Rivera, who has noticed several double-digit increases recently, although there also have been double-digit drops.
He has suspected the erratic sales tax revenue can be traced to transient oil and gas workers moving in and out of the area. Delays by businesses in filing their sales tax reports also can result in erratic figures, he said.
Proceeds also are up from Canadian County's 0.35 percent sales tax, which funds the county's Gary E. Miller Children's Justice Center. The December report showed that $495,976 was collected, up almost 42 percent from the same period in 2009.