from staff reports

Data released this week by the Oklahoma Tax Commission indicate Cherokee County sales tax collections for May increased by more than $16,000 from the same time last year.

The May distribution of sales tax collections primarily represents local tax receipts from February business, with monies accounting for sales from March 16 and estimated sales from April 1-15.

Cherokee County sales tax collections reached $558,778.73, compared to $541,789.69 last year.

For May, the city of Tahlequah brought in $825,552.52, up by $28,792.49 from May last year.

Hulbert's May 2019 collections were up by $504.73, over the $14,216.48 sales tax collected in May 2018.

According to the data gathered by the OTC, the disbursement of $160,347,064 in sales tax collections returned to the cities and towns reflected an increase of $3,259,524 from the $157,087,540 distributed in May last year.

The use tax disbursement to cities and towns was $21,055,780.

In the state's county returns, Oklahoma counties shared in a $27,889,172.83 sales tax disbursement and a $4,117,133 use tax disbursement.