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Education, FJC tax funds: Collections for schools push past $13M

Vicky O. Misa

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 racking up funds for area districts for three 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 was expected to bring in $165,000 to $175,000 per year.

Collections for the tax increase began July 1, 2016.

So far, the grand total of collections for schools since the tax started is $13,308,870.50.

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

• McLoud received $46,331.56 for the month, compared to a year ago, when $45,754.73 was collected. Since the tax began, McLoud's total collections are $1,822,615.98.

• Dale received $21,751.01, compared to a year ago, when $21,954.12 was collected. Since the tax began, Dale's total collections are $827,852.61.

• Bethel received $33,245.13, compared to a year ago, when $33,404.23 was collected. Since the tax began, Bethel's total collections are $1,342,435.01.

• Macomb received $7,496.31, compared to a year ago, when $7,203.69 was collected. Since the tax began, Macomb's total collections are $284,731.50.

• Earlsboro received $7,253.10 compared to a year ago, when $7,340.24 was collected. Since the tax began, Earlsboro's total collections are $276,428.58.

• North Rock Creek received $20,394.76, compared to a year ago, when $16,477.37 was collected. Since the tax began, North Rock Creek's total collections are $655,314.74.

• Grove received $13,742.81, compared to a year ago, when $13,772.01 was collected. Since the tax began, Grove's total collections to date are $508,859.17.

• Pleasant Grove received $6,213.59, compared to a year ago, when $6,121.61 was collected. Since the tax began, Pleasant Grove's total collections are $264,054.53.

• South Rock Creek received $11,142.18, compared to a year ago, when $10,727.51 was collected. Since the tax began, South Rock Creek's total collections are $414,044.05.

• Tecumseh received $56,451.40, compared to a year ago, when $56,369.94 was collected. Since the tax began, Tecumseh's total collections are $2,215,009.76.

• Shawnee received $100,233.55, compared to a year ago, when $102,157.83 was collected. Since the tax began, Shawnee's total collections are $3,931,200.37.

• Asher received $7,812.49, compared to a year ago, when $7,807.02 was collected. Since the tax began, Asher's total collections are $288,724.70.

• Wanette received $4,031.60, compared to a year ago, when $3,954.10 was collected. Since the tax began, Wanette's total collections are $161,353.71.

• Maud received $7,398.74, compared to a year ago, when $8,415.64 was collected. Since the tax began, Maud's total collections are $316,245.79.

Sales tax collections in January for all the schools combined tallied at $343,498.23.

Family Justice Center

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 $3,469.68 in collections to the FJC, compared to $3,449.09 a year ago. To date, the FJC has received $135,559.33 from county sales tax.