Local & Regional
9:36 am
Fri July 10, 2009

Sales Tax Drop

Tulsa, OK – Sales Tax Revenues Still In Decline

The City has received its July sales and use tax distribution from the Oklahoma Tax
Commission, representing taxes collected in June, showing a 10.73 percent reduction
in sales taxes from the same period last year.

The reported revenue closely reflects the budgeted revenue estimates which were
revised downward. Tulsa's July sales tax disbursement is $16,498,273. The budget
estimate was for $16,507,887. Last year's July sales tax disbursement was
$18,481,969.

"We reduced spending in many areas for the fiscal year which began July 1 in
anticipation of reduced sales tax revenues now and in the near future," said Mayor
Kathy Taylor. "So while we are hoping for economic recovery soon, our budgeted
revenues are very close to the actual revenues we are receiving."

Revenue from use taxes, which are paid on purchases by businesses, is 4.28 percent
above last year and slightly above the budget projection. Use taxes totaled
$1,429,799. The budget estimate was for $1,399,769 and the July amount last year was
$1,371,101.