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Oklahoma City's additional sales tax revenue will begin showing up in February


Revenue from the quarter-cent sales tax increase that took effect this week will begin showing up on Oklahoma City's books in February.

Voters approved the tax increase in September, to hire more police officers and firefighters.

It will bring in about $2.3 million per month, or roughly $260 million over 10 years.

The goal is to add 129 officers to the police force and 42 firefighters to the Fire Department.

Increasing the ranks will take time, as recruits enter training academies, and graduates first fill vacancies created by departures and retirements.

In time, a new police-fire training center will enable the city to pick up the pace of recruitment and hiring.

Further reading:

  • The need for additional police officers was highlighted in a presentation for business leaders.
  • NewsOK.com covered the election lead-up, results and 5 takeaways on what comes next.

 The quarter-cent sales tax increase is the first increase in the permanent general operations sales tax rate since voters approved a 1-cent hike in 1976. Shoppers pay an additional nickel for every $20 they spend.

Revenue from the tax increase will begin showing up when the Oklahoma Tax Commission deposits collections in the city's account around Feb. 8 or 9. Sales tax from the first two weeks of January will be included in that deposit.


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William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›