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Oklahoma Cities Show Good Sales Tax Revenue Growth

  • May 10, 2012 | Susan McLain

Officials for the city of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, “…are saying it is now almost certain that this will be the city’s highest grossing year for sales tax revenues.”

Bartlesville shows a “…7.41 percent increase year over year, when compared to sales tax revenues received in May 2011.” Overall, the fiscal year has shown a 5.06 increase from the same 11 month period last fiscal year. The numbers “…are 3.26 percent above the five year average for the same period.”

Other areas saw strong revenue growth as well:

  • Dewey – 7.52 percent increase
  • Copan – 9.52 percent increase
  • Ochelata – 84.04 percent increase
  • Pawhuska – 15.79 percent increase
  • Ramona – 13.60 percent decrease

According to Mike Bailey, Bartlesville Administrative Director/CFO, “This return to pre-recession levels is one of the city’s most watched benchmarks. However, this is still only one phase of our total recovery. In order to return to the same purchasing power that the city had before the recession, we will also need [to] overcome the inflation that has occurred since that time. Unfortunately we are still years away from that goal, but if our local economy continues to show the strength that has developed over the last two years, then the city’s services can eventually be returned to their pre-recession levels.”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”