The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Local and State News

January 3, 2013

Police, fire departments outline expenditures for Enid Special Sales Tax Oversight Committee

ENID, Okla. — Enid police and fire officials outlined their expenditures Thursday for the past six months to members of the Enid Special Sales Tax Oversight Committee.

The committee met in its regular semiannual meeting to review expenditures from the city’s public safety tax.

The quarter-cent public safety sales tax has been collected on all taxable purchases in Enid since May 2001, and the proceeds are evenly split between Enid Fire Department and Enid Police Department.

According to figures provided at Thursday’s meeting, the tax has collected almost $20 million since its inception in 2001, with the proceeds split evenly between EFD and EPD.

Based on the guidelines set forth when the tax was approved by voters, each department must spend at least 30 percent of its share of the public safety tax on capital expenditures, generally considered equipment or facility purchases, or upgrades of $10,000 or more.

The remaining 70 percent of the tax proceeds may be spent on capital expenditures or general operating expenses.

The public safety tax was budgeted to raise a combined $976,940 in the second half of 2012. Thanks to robust sales in Enid last year, the tax outperformed the budget and collected $1.15 million between July and December, with each department receiving $575,322 for the six-month term.

Based on the 30 percent rule, each department was required to spend at least $172,596 from the last six months of tax proceeds on capital expenditures.

EFD Chief Joe Jackson and EPD Capt. Bryan Skaggs presented the Special Sales Tax Oversight Committee with reports Thursday, detailing their capital expenditures from the public safety sales tax.

EFD spent $224,851 in capital expenditures over the last six months, accounting for more than 39 percent of its sales tax revenue for the period.

Jackson said the fire department has utilized more than 60 percent of its sales tax proceeds since 2001 for capital expenses.

EFD capital expenses over the last six months included:

• A 2013 GMC pickup, $24,740.

• Upgrades to firefighters’ self-contained breathing apparatus, $71,856.

• A grass rig fire truck, $77,452.

• Time-keeping equipment, software and support, $11,218.

• Radio-tower equipment, $9,490, in equal share with EPD.

• Matching funds for rescue equipment grants, $13,666.

• Computer software and equipment, $16,429.

EPD spent $293,564 on capital purchases in the past two quarters, accounting for 51 percent of its sales tax revenue for the six-month term.

EPD capital expenses over the last six months included:

• Vehicle purchases of $237,139, including: 12 2010 Ford Crown Victoria patrol vehicles, purchased used; two 2013 F-150 pickups for animal control and maintenance; two 2010 Chevy Tahoes to serve as K9 units.

• $33,540.99 worth of equipment to outfit the vehicles purchased.

• Two heat and air units, $13,394.

• Radio tower equipment, $9,490, shared equally with EFD.

Enid’s quarter cent public safety sales tax does not have a set term and has no set termination date.

Text Only
Local and State News
  • Symphony presenting ‘Summer Wine’ series

    The series begins Aug. 5 with a one-hour concert that will feature vocalists Douglas and Lawana Newell, and the Rev. Andrew Long on piano.

    July 28, 2014

  • 3.0 quake is recorded

    A magnitude 3.0 earthquake rattled the Cherokee area Monday afternoon.

    July 28, 2014

  • Lady_Liberty_A-26_3_BH_W.jpg Work begins on Lady Liberty's engine

    A-26 Lady Liberty Support Group has raised $20,000 of the $60,000 needed for rebuilding the engine of the bomber, which saw action in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cool Snap_Hass_W.jpg Cool snap brings heat relief to Oklahoma, Arkansas

    A cold front headed for Oklahoma and Arkansas will bring unseasonably cool temperatures and a chance of rain through next week, weather forecasters said Monday.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • City of Enid brand.jpg City moves next meeting to Monday

    Their meeting and study session, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5, will be on Monday instead.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • iw_worldtour_3lines_flat_hd.jpg TNA Impact Wrestling announces show in Enid

    TNA Impact Wrestling will make a stop in Enid in September.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Trentadue.jpg Trial opening over video of Oklahoma City bombing

    Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue says the FBI won’t release security camera videos that show a second person was with Timothy McVeigh when he parked a truck outside the Oklahoma City federal building and detonated a bomb, killing 168 people.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • crime stoppers web.jpg Truck reported stolen in Enid

    The victim told the reporting officer sometime between 7:30 p.m. July 16 and 11:30 a.m. July 17, someone took a vehicle from in front of their residence. The vehicle is a gray 1991 Dodge Dakota displaying 2014 Oklahoma tag 205-HUV.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rodeo 1_W.jpg Rush of adrenaline

    Teen’s interest in bullriding leads to 4th-in-nation recognition at National High School Finals Rodeo.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 2 earthquakes recorded

    Two small earthquakes were recorded Sunday in northwestern Oklahoma.

    July 27, 2014

News Photos

Enid News & Eagle photos taken throughout February 2014. Enjoy full-access all ENE photos at