The Norman Transcript

Opinion

October 15, 2013

Tornadoes and taxes

NORMAN — Storms that take lives, cause damage and disrupt communities are never blessings. Post-storm spending, however, will help a community heal and get back on the path to normalcy.

General fund sales taxes are up in Moore and Norman, reflecting post-tornado sales of building materials and other replacement goods. Moore shows an 11.19 percent increase, and Norman is up 3.6 percent.

For the year, Moore is up more than 7 percent, and Norman is up almost 5 percent. Use taxes are up in both cities, too, with much of that tied to the purchase of building materials and construction supplies.

Federal and state grants are helping repair some of Moore’s infrastructure, but city government’s daily bills still must be paid from local sales taxes. The increase shows residents’ confidence and resiliency.

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