The May distribution of sales tax collections by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, primarily representing local tax receipts from March business, show declines in three metro area cities when compared to the same month last year.
Oklahoma City's May 2009 distribution was $26,518,489, compared to $28,477,721 in May 2008, representing a 6.9-percent drop. This is the third consecutive decline for Oklahoma City.
In April, which represented primarily February business, Oklahoma City also showed a 7.4-percent decline. And in March, representing January business, Oklahoma City experienced its first-ever year-over-year decline, with a 2.3-percent drop.
This month, Edmond and Chickasha also posted year-over-year declines, as they did last month. Edmond experienced a 0.3-percent decline, and Chickasha had a 8.6-percent decline.
Norman, however, received $4,233,281 in May, an increase of 12.2 percent over the same month last year. Midwest City received $2,046,294 this month, a 0.7-percent increase over the same month last year. Moore received $1,828,693, a 4.5-percent increase over the same month last year. And Guthrie received $336,813, an 11.2 percent increase over the same month last year.