Collections for the education tax increase began July 1, 2016. The grand total of collections for schools for the past two and a half years is $8,972,464.83.

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 almost two and a half 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. The grand total of collections for schools for the past two and a half years is $8,972,464.83.

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

• McLoud received $40,621.99 for the month, compared to a year ago, when $41,275.99 was collected. McLoud totals for 2018 this year are $514,012.57. Since the tax began, McLoud's total collections from the education tax to date is $1,239,729.43.

• Dale received $19,491.32, compared to a year ago, when $18,447.94 was collected. For 2018, Dale received $238,074.38. Since the tax began, Dale's total collections from the education tax to date is $551,046.18.

• Bethel received $29,656.96, compared to a year ago, when $31,058.83 was collected. This year, Bethel's total is $381,096.46. Since the tax began, Bethel's total collections from the education tax to date is $920,362.59.

• Macomb received $6,395.59, compared to a year ago, when $6,246.36 was collected. In 2018, Macomb's total is $79,336.26. Since the tax began, Macomb's total collections from the education tax to date is $191,751.86.

• Earlsboro received $6,516.82 compared to a year ago, when $6,271.95 was collected. In 2018, Earlsboro's collections total $80,254.69. Since the tax began, Earlsboro's total collections from the education tax to date is $183,995.08.

• North Rock Creek received $14,628.94, compared to a year ago, when $14,188.20 was collected. This year for 2018, NRC collected $180,842.72. Since the tax began, North Rock Creek's total collections from the education tax to date is $423,176.51.

• Grove received $12,227.07, compared to a year ago, when $11,177.09 was collected. This year's total is $146,851.77. Since the tax began, Grove's total collections from the education tax to date is $334,627.64.

• Pleasant Grove received $5,434.89, compared to a year ago, when $6,269.59 was collected. For the year, Pleasant Grove has received $74,068.43. Since the tax began, Pleasant Grove's total collections from the education tax to date is $185,980.38.

• South Rock Creek received $9,524.10, compared to a year ago, when $9,109.58 was collected. SRC's collection in 2018 is $116,932.14. Since the tax began, South Rock Creek's total collections from the education tax to date is $275,708.09.

• Tecumseh received $50,046.39, compared to a year ago, when $49,954.10 was collected. Tecumseh's total for 2018 is $627,600.61. Since the tax began, Tecumseh's total collections from the education tax to date is $1,500,662.05.

• Shawnee received $90,697.82, compared to a year ago, when $88,901.65 was collected. For the year, so far, Shawnee's tax totals are $1,127,110.92. Since the tax began, Shawnee's total collections from the education tax to date is $2,649,020.01.

• Asher received $6,931.23, compared to a year ago, when $6,498.77 was collected. This year Asher collected a total of $84,273.23. Since the tax began, Asher's total collections from the education tax to date is $189,825.12.

• Wanette received $3,510.52, compared to a year ago, when $3,528.12 was collected. Wanette's tally for 2018 is $44,175.01. Since the tax began, Wanette's total collections from the education tax to date is $110,815.51.

• Maud received $7,471.58, compared to a year ago, when $7,017.96 was collected. Maud's 2017 total was $90,922.25. Since the tax began, Maud's total collections from the education tax to date is $215,764.38.

Family Justice Center

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

In December, the Oklahoma Tax Commission remitted $3,062.17 in collections to the FJC, compared to $3,030.70 a year ago. This year, the FJC received $38,237.88 from the county sales tax.

From 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.

FJC

From contributions by CPN, the Family Justice Center received $499.41 in March, $467.86 in June, and $512.90 in August, for a total of $1,480.17 this year.