Tulsa sales tax collections takes a dip

The City of Tulsa’s July sales tax check, which covers the period from mid-May 2015 to mid-June 2015, as reported by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, totaled $19,885,006, showing a slight decrease of 0.4 percent from the same period a year ago. This total is 0.1 percent lower than budget estimates.

This month’s total is the final comparison with one year ago when the sales tax rate was 3.167 percent instead of the current 3.1 percent.

Use taxes for July totaled $1,905,229, which is up 1.6 percent from the same period a year ago, and 1.9 percent above budget estimates.

Sales tax and use tax collections provide two-thirds of the City of Tulsa’s general fund. Services such as police and fire protection, 911 emergency dispatch, snow and ice removal from streets, pothole repair and mowing of grass in medians and parks are supported by sales and use taxes.