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Tishomingo considering raise in sales tax

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:26 PM CDT
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TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) - The Tishomingo City Council proposed a 1% increase in the city’s sales tax.

Mayor Laura Wood said the city needs the increase in order to pay for a new wastewater treatment plant.

“It’s a need right now,” Wood said. “The city’s been spending thousands of dollars to put band-aids on it. The DEQ has now issued fines for that so we’re shelling out money for that as well. There’s no doubt the wastewater plant needs to be rebuilt, its just a matter of how are we going to fund it.”

The tax would increase from 9.5% to 10.5% indefinitely and help the city raise ten million dollars for the wastewater plant.

Wood said if it passes, the burden of paying for the new plant will fall on everyone in Tishomingo who spends money: tourists, workers, and residents.

City council said if it doesn’t, they will still replace the plant by raising sewer bills.

“There’s citizens on sewer,” Wood said. “But not as many as on water, so it would really impact the residents.”

First time voter Emma Rickely said she’s been researching the proposal, and she’s not convinced.

“Our sales tax is already kinda outrageous right now,” Rickley said. “Raising it one more percent, I think it’s going to be too much for some people to pay.”

As a retail worker, she’s worried it could discourage customers from buying things locally.

“I think it’s going to probably cause some problems,” Rickley said. “I cant predict the future but I really hope it doesn’t hurt our businesses at all, or any local businesses.”

Tishomingo residents will vote whether or not to increase the sales tax on August 10th.

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