Wagoner County One Cent Sales Tax Extension
What Does One Cent Do For Wagoner County?
In April of 1988, Wagoner County Voters approved a County-wide sales tax of 1%, or one penny for each dollar spent on purchases made in Wagoner County. Since that time, it has been renewed every time it has been brought back to the voters for an extension, but how does the county use those funds?
Revenues received from this tax are distributed between each of the Commissioners Districts, the Sheriff, and County General Government.
The Board of Commissioners –
The Commissioners share 80% of this tax, with each Commissioner’s District receiving an equal share. These funds are used to maintain all of the county’s roads and bridges. Literally ALL purchases for road materials, things like gravel, asphalt, structural materials for bridges and all equipment used to build and maintain roads are purchased from these revenues.
Some of the most recent road projects funded by these funds are:
District One -
- Asphalt overlay of 101st Street between 305th East Avenue and 337th East Avenue.
- Asphalt overlay of 305th East Avenue from 51st Street South to 111th Street South
- Reconstruction of Arch Bridge over Coal Creek
- Reconstruction of Arch Bridge on 41st Street between 257th East Avenue and 273rd East Avenue.
District Two -
- ALL wood-top bridges in the district have been replaced with steel and concrete.
- Most district roads have been upgraded from gravel to asphalt or chip and oil. In fact, the farthest anybody has to drive on gravel road is 2 miles or less.
- Elevated roadways around the lake have been widened and now have guard cable and/or guardrail to prevent serious injuries from dangerous road conditions during inclement weather.
- Grey Oaks Road has been widened and resurfaced with asphalt.
District Three -
- Asphalt overlay on 257th East Avenue between 111th Street South and 131st Street South
- Asphalt overlay on 111th Street South between 225th East Avenue and 257th East Avenue
- Asphalt overlay on 91st Street South between 241st East Avenue and 225th East Avenue
- Asphalt overlay on 257th East Avenue between 81st Street South and 91st Street South
- Asphalt overlay on 225th East Avenue between 111th Street South and 121st Street South.
The Sheriff’s Office –
The Sheriff’s Office receives 10% of the one penny sales tax. This funding represents almost 15% of their total available funding. The Sheriff uses these funds to purchase new equipment for the deputies such as vehicles and the equipment used with them such as emergency lights, sirens, and radios. In addition, safety equipment for is purchased such as bullet-proof vests and weaponry.
The Sheriff also uses these funds to provide for added training for both deputies and jail personnel for the protection of both county staff and those housed within the jail facility.
Finally, these funds are used to fund the operation and maintenance of the jail facility itself.
County General Government –
The County as a whole receives the final 10% of this tax. It is currently used to fund insurance for county facilities and equipment, worker’s compensation insurance, and other general obligations of the county.
WAGONER COUNTY USE TAX
Because the county has a sales tax, statutes allow a “Use Tax” which provides for the collection of sales tax on purchases made out of state, for instance, purchases made online. Until the recent agreement by Amazon to collect this tax on online purchases, most of the funding provided to the county from the Use Tax came from utilities such as AEP and Cox Communications paid on the purchase of new equipment upgrades in the county.
The county utilizes use tax funds to pay for E-911 dispatchers, Emergency Management Services including disaster response and emergency preparedness education, Economic Development efforts such as the purchase of land for the newly announced Indian Capital Technology Center coming to Coweta, Engineering Services such as bridge inspections, Storm Water and Flood Plain Management, administrative support to the courts, and to operate programs for juveniles, area senior citizen’s centers, the county fair and much more.
Without the sales tax, we cannot collect the “Use Tax” so these valuable services would become unfunded