Tahlequah Daily Press

April 11, 2014

Trustees increase use tax to match sales tax

By SEAN ROWLEY
Staff Writer

HULBERT — Members of the Hulbert Board of Trustees unanimously voted to increase the city’s use tax to match the recent sales tax hike to 4 percent, which was approved by voters in a March 4 special election.

The use tax permits the collection of sales taxes on goods sold in Hulbert from businesses outside the city, such as purchases made online or through the mail.

“State law requires that sales taxes and use taxes be assessed at the same rate,” said Leona Welch, municipal clerk.

The trustees also unanimously approved an application to the Law Enforcement State Office to lease a Hummer for $800.

“It is for law enforcement use,” said Trustee Kenneth Fore. “It is part of a program that allows agencies from around the state to lease the vehicle. It can be used for as long as needed, then turned back in to the state.”

During remarks by the governing body, Trustee George Truitt noted that spring has begun.

“The grass is getting tall,” he said. “I would like to remind everyone that it is getting to be that time of year when we need to keep the grass mowed.”

Mayor Shirley Teague added that the city needed to set an example and begin its mowing season.

There were no actionable items on the Hulbert Public Works Authority agenda.

WHAT’S NEXT

The next regular meeting of the trustees is May 8 at 6 p.m. in the Hulbert Town Hall building.

srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com