Edmond Residents In Support Of Sales Tax Renewals

Posted by Rachel on 03/15/2016

A committee of more than 25 Edmond small business owners, community leaders and residents met last week to discuss the two propositions on the City of Edmond April 5 ballot. Proposition 1 is for the renewal of the one cent general fund sales tax and Proposition 2 is an extension and repurpose of the ½ cent sales tax. The renewal of the taxes will keep Edmond's tax rate the same at 8.25 percent.

The one cent sales tax renewal has been approved by voters every ten years since 1977. This tax goes towards the city’s police department and fire department budget. It also funds maintenance of parks, trails and recreation facilities, emergency warning and notification systems and support for community agencies and enrichment programs.

“Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 keep taxes the same. Proposition 1 is necessary to continue Edmond's quality of life. Proposition 2 builds upon the successful completion of the Edmond Public Safety Center with capital improvement projects that will address traffic congestion and the revitalization of downtown Edmond as well as improvements in sports facilities, parks, animal welfare and public safety," said City of Edmond’s Capital Improvement Task Force chair Jill Castilla. 

Proposition 2 is the extension and repurpose of the ½ cent tax for 2017-2027 would fund capital improvement projects. This tax was first approved in 2011 to fund the new Public Safety Center which opened in October 2015.

“The most important thing to remember is this is not a new tax for the City of Edmond, but an extension of a tax already in place,” said Edmond Chamber of Edmond President Ken Moore. “The money this ½ cent tax would generate could fund new projects such as road improvements to ease traffic congestion, downtown revitalization projects, and explore partnership opportunities with the University of Central Oklahoma and Edmond Public Schools.”

Edmond residents have the lowest sales tax rates in the metropolitan area at 8.25%. The vote for the sales tax renewals is Tuesday, April 5.

The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce is the voice for business. We are a hundred year-old, 1,000 member organization working together to create a strong local economy and to promote the community. The Edmond Chamber provides networking opportunities and business contacts for our members and represents business interests to government. For information about the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, please visit our website at www.edmondchamber.com or call 405-341-2808. Media inquiries should contact Rachel Martin, Vice President – Communications & Marketing, at 405-341-2808 or email at [email protected].