The Norman Transcript


September 13, 2013

Moore sales tax jumps 12 percent

NORMAN — Moore’s sales tax collection has skyrocketed as the city rebuilds following the May 20 tornado, and Norman’s tax collection continues to run above budget predictions for the second month in a row.

Moore received $2,683,027 in total sales tax from the Oklahoma Tax Commission in September. That number includes general fund receipts, a half-cent tax for residential streets and public safety, and the new quarter-cent tax for parks. The general fund receipts are a 12.21 percent increase above last year’s.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” Moore City Manager Stephen Eddy said. “I think much of it is attributable to recovery from the tornado.”

The receipts primarily represent collections from mid-July through mid-August.

“My feeling is also that our retail sector and the economy is also stronger,” Eddy said. “Of course, with home-building up, those contractors are paying sales tax on building supplies, too.”

Norman sales tax also is up, running slightly above budget this month, Finance Director Anthony Francisco said.

Norman received $5,193,479 in total sales tax from the Oklahoma Tax Commission on Sept. 9. Of that amount, $741,924 are Public Safety Sales tax funds. Apart from the PSST collections, September sales tax receipts are $193,209, or 4.54 percent, above last year.

Use tax collections also are up from last year. Norman received $207,985, and PSST received $34,664. Total year-to-date use tax for the combined funds is running about $100,000 above the same time frame last year.

Moore’s use tax receipts in September were $94,448. Use tax collections for last year were $64,099. Part of that increase is a reflection of the new quarter-penny parks tax, but the numbers are still significant.

Expect Moore’s use tax collections to stay strong for some time. Use tax is usually affected by construction, as the taxes are collected on materials such as lumber and brick brought in from other locations.

In Norman, a boom in storm shelters since the May tornadoes could be contributing to the strong collection of use tax. This month, Norman issued 39 single-family addition or alteration permits. Thirty-two of those 39 permits were storm shelters.

The storm shelter business also is booming in Moore.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Baker home 3 Moore resident lands in new home 14 months after tornado

    She crawled from the rubble of what used to be her home. The neighborhood was destroyed. It was the afternoon of May 20, 2013, and Jamie Baker was homeless....

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Additional details come to light in Campus Corner incident involving Sooner recruit

    The 911 call from Pickleman’s Gourmet Cafe early Friday morning brought forth more details from the incident that has Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon under investigation for an alleged assault....

    July 30, 2014

  • Police rule out homicide in Norman woman’s death

    Norman Police Capt. Todd Gibson said Tuesday they have eliminated the theory of homicide after a Norman woman was found dead in her home Monday afternoon. “We’re moving in a different direction with the investigation,” Gibson said. “It’s ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Voter registration deadline is Friday

    Friday is the last day to apply for voter registration to be eligible to vote in the Aug. 26 Runoff Primary Election. Races include federal, state and county offices, but for Cleveland County voters, the field is limited....

    July 30, 2014

  • Norman High student argues his way to the top

    Knowing the ins and outs of an argument that involves complex research is the type of skill one expects a high paid attorney to have not a high school student. Yet debate competitor Nicky Halterman has been arguing his way to the top of ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Senate approves new VA secretary

    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans’ waits for health care and VA ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Tampering accusations surface in OKC bombing case

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawyer suing the FBI over his public records request for surveillance videos from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing said Tuesday that one of his witnesses backed out after being visited by government officials last ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Shelter construction ongoing; residents voice concerns

    A regular quarterly meeting of the Animal Shelter Oversight Board prompted Norman residents to speak up about more than just a photo release issue Monday night involving Friends of the Animals of Norman volunteers and the city of Norman. ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Senate passes highway bill, sends it to House

    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted to change the funding and timing of a House bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states in an effort to force Congress to come to grips with chronic funding problems that have plagued ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Monday: · 8:20 a.m. larceny report, 2000 block of West Lindsey Street · 9:04 a.m. stolen vehicle, 3400 block of Bart Conner Drive · 9:11 a.m. larceny report, 1200 block of Ed ...

    July 30, 2014