Thursday, August 4, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced appointments to the Task Force on the Collection, Distribution and Enforcement of Municipal Sales Tax. The task force was created this year by the Legislature. The task force will examine the process by which the Oklahoma Tax Commission assesses, collects and distributes local sales and use taxes to municipalities. Additionally, the task force will consider applicable laws and rules and examine the efficiency of the commission.
The nominations do not require Senate confirmation. The task force will sunset in February 2012.
“It’s important to ensure transparency and accountability in the collection and distribution of sales taxes to our cities and towns. Additionally, I always welcome input into how our government can operate more efficiently and effectively,” Fallin said. “The task force members bring with them experience and knowledge and will serve the state well.”
Patrice Douglas of Edmond currently serves as the city’s mayor and is executive vice president for First Fidelity Bank. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Douglas Haines of Woodward serves as the city’s assistant city manager, chief financial officer and treasurer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University.
Randy Ross of Choctaw serves as the city’s mayor and is the executive director of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board. He earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.