A 0.495-cent Pottawatomie County sales tax increase for schools, backed by voters in November of 2015 and set to continue until June 30, 2026, has been in effect just more than a year.

A 0.495-cent Pottawatomie County sales tax increase for schools, backed by voters in November of 2015 and set to continue until June 30, 2026, has been in effect just more than a year.

The tax increase was proposed to achieve two things: a 0.49-cent portion –– projected to raise $3.7 million in revenue annually –– is being split between the county's 14 school districts, and the other portion of the tax — .005 cents — is being utilized for the construction, acquisition, maintenance and operation of the One Safe Place Family Justice Center. That amount of tax is expected to bring in $165,000 to $175,000 per year.

Collections for the tax increase began July 1, 2016, but data didn't become available until September 2016. Now that a full year of reports has been recorded, there is a more accurate average of expected collections.

Figures shows that, in September, school districts in Pottawatomie County received the following, with calculations based on number of students enrolled:

• McLoud received $43,830.28 for the month, compared to a year ago, when $50,487.84 was collected. McLoud totals for 2017 are $412,880.28

• Dale received $19,589.56, compared to a year ago, when $21,314.18 was collected. So far in 2017, Dale has received $177,712.33.

• Bethel received $32,980.85, compared to a year ago, when $37,241.72 was collected. This year, Bethel's total is $306,596.27.

• Macomb received $6,632.91, compared to a year ago, when $7,925.27 was collected. In 2017, Macomb's total is $64,035.10.

• Earlsboro received $6,660.07, compared to a year ago, when $6,953.61 was collected. So far in 2017, Earlsboro has totaled $58,822.17.

• North Rock Creek received $15,066.21, compared to a year ago, when $16,571.67 was collected. So far in 2017, NRC has collected just over $137,000.

• Grove received $11,868.76, compared to a year ago, when $12,710.88 was collected. This year's total is about $106,000.

• Pleasant Grove received $6,756.06, compared to a year ago, when $7,787.65 was collected. For the year, Pleasant Grove has $63,671.27.

• South Rock Creek received $9,673.31, compared to a year ago, when $10,989.93 was collected. SRC's collection in 2017 is just over $90,000.

• Tecumseh received $53,045.41, compared to a year ago, when $60,527.38 was collected. Tecumseh's total for 2017 is close to $497,000.

• Shawnee received $94,403.16, compared to a year ago, when $104,217.91 was collected. For the year, so far, Shawnee's tax totals are $864,604.69.

• Asher received $6,900.94, compared to a year ago, when $6,991.82 was collected. Since January, Asher has collected a total of $59,786.64.

• Wanette received $3,746.44, compared to a year ago, when $4,822.10 was collected. Wanette's tally for 2017 so far is just over $38,000.

• Maud received $7,452.25, compared to a year ago, when $8,743.79 was collected. Maud's 2017 total to date is $71,070.25.

Family Justice Center

A portion of the education sales tax collections goes to the Family Justice Center — the other .005 cents.

In September, the Oklahoma Tax Commission remitted $3,218.24 in collections to the FJC, compared to $4,010.39 a year ago.

Citizen Potawatomi Nation

CPN has voluntarily made contributions for county school districts and the FJC.

In the last year — from contributions made in November 2016, and in March and September of 2017 — schools have received the following funds from CPN:

• McLoud — $27,437.91

• Dale — $11,753.78

• Bethel — $20,341.26

• Macomb — $7,435.05

• Earlsboro — $3,876.84

• North Rock Creek — $9,112.68

• Grove — $7,038.71

• Pleasant Grove — $4,231.51

• South Rock Creek — $5,993.35

• Tecumseh — $32,972.36

• Shawnee — $57,254.41

• Asher — $3,930.21

• Wanette — $2,551.54

• Maud — $4,730.12

FJC:

CPN gave $1,512.82 in tax to FJC over the last year — $501.53 in November 2016; $506.10 in March 2017; and $505.19 this month.