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Sales Tax in Tulsa Up

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Mayor Dewey Bartlett said today that the City of Tulsa’s March sales tax revenue for mid-December to mid-January, as reported by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, totaled $18,390,694, up 4.2 percent from the same period in 2012.

The sales tax disbursement is about 0.25 percent above budget estimates.

For the fiscal year to date, the City has received $173,045,064, or about 5.9 percent more than the same period a year earlier. That is 0.7 percent below budget estimates.

“This month’s sales tax disbursement is on target with our budget estimates,” said Mayor Dewey Bartlett, “and we continue to try to improve efficiencies in all City departments so that we can deliver services, fund public safety needs and give Tulsans more value for their basic 2-percent sales tax.”

“We are currently meeting with citizens in all nine City Council districts to find out what their priorities are for the third-penny sales tax that pays for capital improvements,” the mayor said.

Use tax revenues for the mid-January to mid-February period totaled $1,926,946, or about 1 percent above the same period last year. For the year to date, use taxes total $16,549,522, or about 5.5 percent above last year and 4.7 percent above budget estimates.