Tulsa’s sales tax comes up short again

Tulsa’s sales tax proceeds dropped again in April and was lower than budget projections.

Tulsa’s May sales tax check, which covers the period from mid-March to mid-April as reported by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, totaled $19,866,961 showing a 0.55 percent decrease from the same period one year ago. This total is two percent below budget estimates.

The sales tax total since July 2015 is $217.8 million compared with $215.7 million for the same period last year, showing a small increase of a little less than one percent.

Use taxes for May totaled $2,286,256 which is up 13 percent from the same period a year ago and one percent above budget estimates.

Use tax collections for the fiscal year are lower than one year ago. The use tax total since July 2015 is $21.8 million compared with $22 million for the same period last year, showing a 0.64 percent decrease.

Sales tax and use tax collections provide two-thirds of the 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.