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 for about two years now.

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 for about two years now.

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.

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

• McLoud received $43,659.03 for the month, compared to a year ago, when $46,756.86 was collected. McLoud totals for 2018 so far are $303,998.22.

• Dale received $20,948.56, compared to a year ago, when $20,897.57 was collected. So far in 2018, Dale has received $137,304.89.

• Bethel received $31,874.22, compared to a year ago, when $35,183.01 was collected. This year, Bethel's total is $227,770.95.

• Macomb received $6,873.74, compared to a year ago, when $7,075.79 was collected. In 2018, Macomb's total is $46,271.29.

• Earlsboro received $7,004.04 compared to a year ago, when $7,104.77 was collected. So far in 2018, Earlsboro's collections total $46,562.95.

• North Rock Creek received $15,722.65, compared to a year ago, when $16,072.19 was collected. So far in 2018, NRC has collected just over $105,211.57.

• Grove received $13,141.21, compared to a year ago, when $12,661.25 was collected. This year's total is $83,638.21.

• Pleasant Grove received $5,841.22, compared to a year ago, when $7,207.16 was collected. For the year, Pleasant Grove has $45,970.24.

• South Rock Creek received $10,236.16, compared to a year ago, when $10,319.21 was collected. SRC's collection in 2018 is $67,692.85.

• Tecumseh received $53,788.02, compared to a year ago, when $56,587.30 was collected. Tecumseh's total for 2018 is $368,862.44.

• Shawnee received $97,478.69, compared to a year ago, when $100,706.54 was collected. For the year, so far, Shawnee's tax totals are $658,206.19.

• Asher received $7,449.43, compared to a year ago, when $7,361.72 was collected. Since January, Asher has collected a total of $48,438.99.

• Wanette received $3,772.98, compared to a year ago, when $3,996.59 was collected. Wanette's tally for 2018 so far is $26,025.75.

• Maud received $8,030.18, compared to a year ago, when $7,949.85 was collected. Maud's 2017 total to date is $52,294.43.

Family Justice Center

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

In July, the Oklahoma Tax Commission remitted $3,291.11 in collections to the FJC, compared to $3,433.13 a year ago. So far this year, the FJC has received $22,406.55 from the county sales tax.

CPN

While voters backed the Pottawatomie County sales tax increase for schools, Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) has voluntarily stepped up to make contributions, as well. To date, since November 2016, CPN has given $342,934.93 to help fund county school districts and the FJC.

In June, CPN split up just more than $47,000 to the 14 school districts in Pottawatomie County and the FJC.

This is the second of typically four handouts per year CPN has freely doled out since the county's education tax began.

Reported by the June 2018 contributions were:

• McLoud — $6,371.91, for a total of $13,173.51 so far this year

• Dale — $2,847.87, for a total of $5,887.79 so far this year

• Bethel — $4,794.65, for a total of $9,912.64 so far this year

• Macomb — $964.27, for a total of $1,993.57 so far this year

• Earlsboro — $968.22, for a total of $2,001.73 so far this year

• North Rock Creek — $2,190.28, for a total of $4,528.26 so far this year

• Grove — $1,725.44, for a total of $3,567.24 so far this year

• Pleasant Grove — $982.17, for a total of $2,030.58 so far this year

• South Rock Creek — $1,406.28, for a total of $2,907.39 so far this year

• Tecumseh — $7,711.58, for a total of $15,943.19 so far this year

• Shawnee — $13,724.04, for a total of $28,373.57 so far this year

• Asher — $1,003.24, for a total of $2,074.13 so far this year

• Wanette — $544.64, for a total of $1,126.02 so far this year

• Maud — $1,083.39, for a total of $2,239.83 so far this year

FJC

• Family Justice Center received $467.86 in June, for a total of $967.27 so far this year