Pott. County school tax collections drop nearly $70,000 in March

Thanks to a Pottawatomie County sales tax increase of 0.495 cents for schools, supported by voters in November 2015 and set to run through June 30, 2026, schools have been raising funds for nearly six years.

The tax increase was proposed to achieve two goals: one portion of 0.49 cents (expected to generate $3.7 million in revenue annually) is distributed among the county’s 14 school districts, and the other portion of the fee (0.005 cents) is used for the construction, acquisition, maintenance and operation of the One Safe Place Family Justice Center. It is estimated that this amount of tax brings in between $165,000 and $175,000 per year.

Collections for the tax increase began July 1, 2016. To date, the grand total of collections for schools since the tax began is $22,991,510.42.

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Figures show that in March, collections fell short by nearly $70,000 from a year ago.

School districts in Pottawatomie County received the following, with calculations based on the number of students enrolled:

• McLoud received $36,348.63 for the month, compared to a year ago when $47,399.24 was raised. Since the start of the tax, McLoud’s total collections are $3,086,172.51.

• Dale received $18,606.31 compared to a year ago when $22,613.96 was received. Since the start of the tax, Dale’s total collections are $1,442,428.59.

• Bethel received $27,560.85 compared to a year ago when $34,158.52 was raised. Since the start of the tax, Bethel’s total collections are $2,267,045.60.

• Macomb received $5,805.49 compared to a year ago when $7,467.54 was collected. Since the start of the tax, Macomb’s total collections are $485,766.14.

• Earlsboro received $6,200.65, up from $7,841.99 a year ago. Since the start of the tax, Earlsboro’s total collections are $485,185.27.

• North Rock Creek received $27,259.30 compared to last year when $25,549.55 was received. Since the start of the tax, North Rock Creek’s total collections are $1,393,850.36.

• Grove received $11,675.94 compared to a year ago when $14,986.33 was collected. Since the start of the tax, Grove’s total collections to date are $905,248.80.

• Pleasant Grove received $4,838.16, compared to $6,810.30 a year ago. Since the start of the tax, Pleasant Grove’s total collections are $438,929.91.

• South Rock Creek received $9,858.43 compared to a year ago when $11,986.23 was collected. Since the start of the tax, South Rock Creek’s total collections are $737,574.18.

• Tecumseh received $45,971.75 compared to a year ago when $59,587.77 was collected. Since the start of the tax, Tecumseh’s total collections are $3,796,374.81.

• Shawnee received $80,542.77 compared to a year ago when $101,124.59 was collected. Since the start of the tax, Shawnee’s total collections are $6,667,280.79.

• Asher received $6,244.39 compared to a year ago when $7,939.67 was received. Since the start of the tax, Asher’s total collections are $502,360.84.

• Wanette received $2,981.53 compared to a year ago when $3,848.18 was received. Since the start of the tax, Wanette’s total collections are $265,790.52.

• Maud received $6,088.37 compared to a year ago when $7,288.16 was collected. Since the start of the tax, Maud’s total collections are $517,513.10.

March sales tax collections for all schools combined totaled $289,982.57.

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Family Justice Center

A portion of the sales tax revenue for education goes to the Family Justice Center – the other 0.005 cents.

In March, the Oklahoma Tax Commission remitted $2,929.12 in collections to the FJC, up from $3,622.24 a year ago. It should be noted that the COVID-19 pandemic affected the collections for a certain period. To date, the FJC has received $233,363.75 from county sales tax.

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