City officials received more good news recently from the state Tax Commission in the form of the city's monthly sales tax receipts report.
The amount of sales tax the city received for the period from the middle of September to the middle of October was more than $16.1 million, an increase of 6.7 percent from the more than $15.2 million collected during the same period last year.
According to city officials, for the year to date, the city has received almost $83 million in sales tax compared to more than $81 million for the same period last year.
Thought the increase in collections was welcomed by city officials, Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. pointed out the gain could be partially attributed to an increased effort by the Tax Commission to collect overdue sales taxes. The city has filed suit against the state, trying to get a state law overturned that prohibits Tulsa and other municipalities from hiring a private contractor to collect their sales taxes.
"We certainly welcome the increases in sales tax collections, and we applaud the Oklahoma Tax Commission on its efforts to improve on the collection of delinquent taxes," Bartlett stated in a press release. "But it is important to note that without the additional collections, we would still just be about even with last year, when revenues were significantly below previous years."
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