Collinsville, Oklahoma
November 24, 2007
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Hotel-Motel Tax Explanation /
First Snow /
Australia Report-Photos
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First CHS varsity basketball game Nov. 30th (at Skiatook's old gym ... new gym not ready)
Christmas Parade entry forms due by Dec 1st.
School Board Filing Period Dec. 3-5
Dec. 10th School Board Meet will likely set more priorities for Spring 2008 bond issue.
More events on Nov. & Dec. Calendars
Note: The following non-paid information regarding the Dec. 11th city election was provided by City Manager Pam Polk. I would run an alternate position if one were submitted to Ted Wright.
A re-vote on the ONG franchise is also on the Dec. 11th ballot.
Hotel/Motel Tax Vote December 11, 2007

The City of Collinsville has a hotel/motel tax vote on the ballot Tuesday, December 11, 2007. Although the city does not have a hotel/motel as of yet, interest has been shown in building one or two in the very near future. The Mayor and each City Commissioner are being proactive in their stance for the future growth and development of Collinsville.

We would like to give an explanation of the hotel/motel tax. The hotel/motel, or lodging tax, is a widely used mechanism for raising funds to promote tourism and economic development activities. Effective management of these tax revenues will have the advantage of benefiting the local economy and placing the tax burden on non-local travelers. These travelers encompass more than just vacationers; they include a wide variety of visitors who stay overnight for trade shows, conventions, special events, and various other reasons for which a person may be spending nights away from home.

Ordinance 804 explains in detail the scope and uses of the proposed hotel/motel tax. The proposed rate has been set at 5%. Copies of the entire ordinance may be obtained at City Hall.

Section 7-813(A ) of Ordinance 804 states Use of Funds:

A) All taxes collected pursuant to this chapter shall be set aside and used exclusively to encourage, promote and foster economic development, cultural enhancement and tourism in Collinsville, Oklahoma and the cost of enforcing this chapter.

Please come out Tuesday, December 11, 2007, and vote on Ordinance 804, concerning a 5% hotel/motel tax with the proceeds used to promote and foster economic development and tourism in Collinsville.

Other Oklahoma cities that have a hotel/motel tax are: Altus, Bartlesville, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Del City, Enid, Guthrie, Guymon, Glenpool, Lawton, Midwest City, Moore, Muskogee, Norman, Oklahoma City, Ponca City,
Stillwater and Tulsa.

If you have any questions, please call your commissioner or City Hall.

First snow of winter 2007/2008 ... a light flurry was underway Friday evening Nov. 23rd, 2007, around 9pm. Forecast says we may get more early Saturday. -- Ted -- midnight Fri.
Previous Coverage:
Emily Wright / Australia Update
Hi Dad! Just wanted to share my latest aussie adventure with you.
I had a really great weekend with my friends in the Tablelands. It was really pretty there!
We saw little platypusses (they are soo cute! There is one above in the photo if you look closely) and then we saw some padimellon kangaroos and a few rare tree kangaroos (you wouldn't believe how high up in the trees they were) on our night canoe trip.
The next day we went to Phil Barlow's house, the aboriginal man who helped us make our didgeridoos. He and his brother already had the trees cut down and had cleaned out the mud left inside by the termites who hollow them out naturally. They said they know even before they cut a tree down what color it will be inside. Phil picked out trees for each of us personally, based on our shape, hair, eyes, the way we talked, etc.

Then we chiselled out the bottom, stripped the bark, and watched them sand away the outside of the tree until the really pretty wood patterns came out. We painted them with laquer and sealed the inside by pouring glue down them and then waited overnight for everything to dry.

They also taught us to play on some other didges and we got suprisingly good by the end of the day! It's so fun to make all of those weird noises. The next morning we put wax on the top end to make them easier to play and then they were finished! They're really beautiful. We went to Cairns for a few hours on our way home and checked out some didgeridoos in the shops there, and ours are so much nicer and over $400 cheaper! It was a really unique experience and cool to hang out with such nice aboriginals.

Everything else is going great here - my project for my masters degree is moving along now, my bike rides to campus and back are getting hotter and hotter as we move into summer, all of my friends here are wonderful to have around, and my pet plant and pet frog are still alive!

-- Emily (Nov. 2007)

Sunday 11-25-2007 Update:
The City of Jenks has had a 5% hotel/motel tax in place since the early 90’s. It is dedicated to economic development. -- Mike Tinker (City Manager, City of Jenks)