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August 15, 2013

A boost in sales taxes

NORMAN — When spring storms blew through Cleveland County in May, several businesses had to shut down for days. Damaged buildings, lack of power, displaced employees and other hurdles kept the doors locked.

Those missing retail days were a double-whammy to city services that depend on sales tax dollars to keep coffers full. Moore was especially hard hit. At the time, city officials said they expected a boost in sales taxes once the stores reopened and shoppers replaced damaged or lost items.

It looks like the boost has arrived. Moore reported a 16.3 percent bump in sales taxes and Norman showed an 8.82 percent leap over the same period in 2012. Norman received $5.238 million and Moore received $2.711 milion.

We expect a similar boost in the city’s hotel-motel taxes since rooms were booked for weeks on end at a traditionally slow time for hotels in Cleveland County.

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