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 and a half 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 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. In the two and a half years since collections started, $9 million has been dumped into school coffers.

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

• McLoud received $45,754.73 for the month, compared to a year ago, when $44,595.49 was collected.

• Dale received $21,954.12, compared to a year ago, when $19,931.57 was collected.

• Bethel received $33,404.23, compared to a year ago, when $33,556.65 was collected.

• Macomb received $7,203.69, compared to a year ago, when $6,748.71 was collected.

• Earlsboro received $7,340.24 compared to a year ago, when $6,776.35 was collected.

• North Rock Creek received $16,477.37, compared to a year ago, when $15,329.24 was collected.

• Grove received $13,772.01, compared to a year ago, when $12,075.97 was collected.

• Pleasant Grove received $6,121.61, compared to a year ago, when $6,874.01 was collected.

• South Rock Creek received $10,727.51, compared to a year ago, when $9,842.20 was collected.

• Tecumseh received $56,369.94, compared to a year ago, when $53,971.51 was collected.

• Shawnee received $102,157.83, compared to a year ago, when $96,051.30 was collected.

• Asher received $7,807.02, compared to a year ago, when $7,021.42 was collected.

• Wanette received $3,954.10, compared to a year ago, when $3,811.83 was collected.

• Maud received $8,415.64, compared to a year ago, when $7,582.36 was collected.

Family Justice Center

OTC

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

In January, the Oklahoma Tax Commission remitted $3,449.09 in collections to the FJC, compared to $3,274.43 a year ago.

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 $296,149.09 to help fund county school districts and the FJC.