EDMOND — City officials again this month are crediting the sale of materials for roof repairs from a summer hailstorm for sales tax revenue growth.
Edmond showed for the last two weeks of August and first half of September a 15.39 percent increase compared to the same month a year ago.
The city has seen an 18.81 percent increase, or more than $2.8 million, for the first four months of this fiscal year compared with a year ago.
“I am still seeing a lot of building supplies,” said Ross VanderHamm, city finance director. “I know roofs are being repaired on a daily basis.”
VanderHamm said he is also seeing general growth.
“If we didn't have the roof repairs, we would still have a 7 or 8 percent increase,” he said.
City officials had calculated a 3 percent growth for this fiscal year that started in July.
Capital improvement projects might get started more quickly with the extra sales tax money.
Edmond voters passed in 2000 a 3/4-cent sales tax increase for capital improvement projects such as parks, trails, road projects and the new $22.5 million swimming and recreational complex.
Edmond also has received revenues of nearly $2.8 million to build a $25.5 million public safety center. Voters approved a half-cent sales tax for the center to house police headquarters, 911 communications center and emergency management operations. The tax is to expire after five years.
The tax went into effect April 1. From April to June, the end of the fiscal year, the city collected $889,993.
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 to the city. Of the city portion, 2 percent goes to the general fund for operations.