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Copyright 2007 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Chamber of Commerce
Oct. 4, 2007
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Smaligo Addressed Collinsville Chamber
River Tax Decision Explained
The county-wide vote on
a 7 year (Arkansas River) sales tax (just 5 days away Tuesday Oct. 9th)
was the main topic discussed at the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce meeting
Thursday. District 1 Tulsa County Commissioner John Smaligo also dicusssed
many other Tulsa County projects and partnerships active in Collinsville:
Broadway Bridge, S-Curve, and asphalt overlay assists as examples. The first
year county commissioner (& former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives)
explained he felt the voters of Tulsa County deserved the opportunity to vote
on the additional sales tax to fund 2 new low water dams, repair of the existing
Zink dam, channeling from Tulsa to Jenks, and pedestrian bridges along the
Commissioner Smaligo indicated
his county work on transportion was the most enjoyable. Fuel taxes and car
tag revenues provide ~$10,000/mile for county maintained roads each year but
~$45,000/mile is the cost of just a simple 2 inch asphalt overlay.
District 1 Tulsa County Commissioner
In reposnse to a question
to explain why Tulsa County recently received ~35% of
total sales tax distributions to the 77 county governments in Oklahoma?,
Smaligo indicted it was due to the existing Vision 2025 and 4-to-Fix tax collections.
The existing Tulsa County
sales tax rate is 1.017% (out of the 8.517% typical total in most Tulsa county
communities) with the state & city taking the rest. The new river tax
would raise the county rate to 1.417% and the overall rate to 8.917%. Note:
Oklahoma County (mostly OKC) and several other counties collect no county
Prior to 2004 & Vision
2025 approval the county rate was 0.417% and the overall sale tax rate was
7.917%. 4-to-Fix renewed a portion of the county tax that was due to expire).
-- Ted Wright