Guthrie set a record for sales tax collection.
City Manager Leroy Alsup said the city received a check from the Oklahoma Tax Commission totaling $745,462.52, marking the highest total for the city.
Guthrie, like most cities, heavily relies on sales tax. The collection helps fund services like the police and fire departments.
“Guthrie has the most dedicated, hardworking merchants and restaurant owners in Oklahoma,” Alsup said. “They take pride in providing quality goods and services.”
While the costs of goods and services are up, inflation is not the sole purpose of the record amount.
“Guthrie is blessed with a population of individuals and civic organizations that comprehend the value of shopping and dining local. They support their hometown. Guthrie has an unlimited number of entities and individuals that host quality special events, festivals, etc., that attract visitors that shop and dine in Guthrie,” Alsup said.
The sales tax revenue for August is 13% more, or $83,293.12, as compared to August 2021.
For the fiscal year which ends next month, revenue is up $623,508.55 or 9% higher as compared to the first eleven months of last year’s fiscal year.
“The Guthrie City Council and City Employees work diligently to support the local business community and to maintain an attractive and inviting local environment,” Alsup said.
The Use Tax revenue was up 8% when compared to August 2021 and 6% higher for the year when compared to last year.