Tulsa sales tax projections are incorrect one more time

Tulsa’s latest sales tax check is virtually the same as last year but almost 3 percent below projections.

The City of Tulsa’s October sales tax check, which covers the period from mid-August 2015 to mid-September 2015, as reported by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, totaled $19,835,574, showing a 0.07 percent increase from the same period one year ago. This total is 2.9 percent below budget estimates.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett and the nine city councilors are pushing for a vote to increase sales tax next April.

Use taxes for October totaled $1,702,878, which is down 8.9 percent from the same period a year ago, and 10.5 percent below 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.