Use Tax Vital to City Budget
As Tulsans begin filing their 2013 income tax returns, they need
to remember that they are required to pay use tax on their online
purchases from retailers without a presence in the state of
Oklahoma. The City of Tulsa receives a portion of the use tax paid
to the state.
Sales tax and use tax collections provide two-thirds of the City
of Tulsa's revenue. Vital services such as police and fire
protection, 911 emergency dispatch, snow and ice removal from
streets, pothole repair and mowing of grass in medians and parks
are supported by sales and use taxes.
Use tax is the same amount as sales tax - in Tulsa it's 8.517
percent - but it is paid on out-of-state purchases that were not
taxed at the point of sale. State tax forms explain how to
calculate the tax or estimate it if taxpayers don't remember what
they bought online. It's entered on line 20 of the tax forms.
The City of Tulsa Finance Department estimates that the City
would have $10 million more per year if Tulsa residents paid the
use taxes they owe. Currently 97 percent of Oklahoma taxpayers
ignore the use tax, which relies on the honor system because
federal law does not require online retailers to collect the tax
for states, cities and counties.
Trash Operations Task Force Final Recommendations
The Trash Operations Task Force finalized its recommendations
regarding changes to the green waste system on Jan. 14.
Read the recommendations here
The process began in November 2013, when the Tulsa City Council
formed a task force to involve citizens, to receive input and to
give direction toward solutions to the green waste issues facing
the TARE Board (Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy).
The task force presented its recommendations to TARE at the TARE
Planning Committee meeting on Jan. 24.
The task force also gathered feedback and ideas from
citizens regarding what changes they would like to see to the green
You can view the citizen discussion
View a PDF of the discussion here
Green Waste Sticker Requirement Suspended Indefinitely
The Tulsa Authority for the Recovery of Energy (TARE) board
voted on Jan. 28 to suspend the green waste sticker requirement
until further notice. Members stated they would revisit the matter
after an enhanced green waste program is in place.
Residents can continue to leave their green waste at the curb in
2ft. across and 4 ft. long bundles or in clear plastic bags without
a green waste sticker.
Highlights from this week's City Council meeting - March 6
Councilor Gilbert and the Tulsa City Council honored Officer
Clayton Hicks with a proclamation at Thursday's meeting for his
heroic efforts to save victims of a fiery collision.
On Feb. 8, Officer Hicks arrived at the scene of a car engulfed
in flames and moved swiftly to drag the remaining occupant of the
vehicle out of the burning wreckage.
Officer Hicks and his fellow responders recognized the danger of
an unstable power line near the accident and moved four additional
persons to a safe location seconds before the live power line fell
to the ground.
The City Council features adoptable pets at the first regular
Council meeting of each month to raise awareness about animals
available for adoption at the city's animal shelter.
This month's pet is Jackson, a four-year-old neutered Shih
If you are interested in adopting Jackson, or any of the
wonderful animals at
City of Tulsa Animal Welfare, call 918-596-8000.
*UPDATE: Jackson has been adopted! But you can
stop by the shelter at 3031 N. Erie Ave. to view all the animals
still available for adoption or visit PetHarbor.com.
PetHarbor.com is a real
time listing of animals in the shelter and is updated hourly. Just
type in "Tulsa" or your zip code and click "Adopt a Pet" to search.
Then check the City of Tulsa Animal Welfare shleter list box and
select "Use this shelter list."
You can then search for all dogs, cats and others, or search by
breed, gender, age, size, and color. You can also select "Register
your Breed Interest" and receive an email when matching animals
arrive at the shelter.
City Councilors Learn CPR, Urge Others to Learn
Tulsa City Councilors and City Council staff gathered at City Hall
to learn how to save a life on Feb. 13.
EMSA paramedics lead the training session in hands-only CPR, a
procedure that can save the life of a sudden cardiac arrest victim.
They also instructed the group on how to use an AED, or automated
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 360,000
out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually in the
UnitedStates. Fewer than 10 percent of these cardiac arrest victims
City Councilors want to help change these statistics in Tulsa by
getting trained in CPR and urging others to do the same.
"We want to encourage all Tulsans to take this important step in
readying themselves for a crisis situation," Councilor Phil Lakin,
Jr., who organized the event, said.
EMSA paramedics demonstrated the three steps to CPR - check,
- Check for a pulse
- Call 911
- Compress hard and fast in the center of the chest at about 120
beats per minute
EMSA paramedics said CPR can be learned in less than an hour and
there is no age requirement to learn the procedure. Children eight-
to ten-years-old can be strong enough to give chest
"It's one of those things you have to practice," EMSA paramedic
Scott Williams said.
"It's faster than you think when your doing compressions on
somebody," Williams sad.
CPR training increases the number of people in a community who
are prepared to help in cardiovascular emergencies. Immediate CPR
from a bystander can double or triple the chance of survival for a
cardiac arrest victim.
Councilor Lakin said he needed the refresher course, as he
hadn't learned the procedure in years.
"Now I feel a lot more confident in being able to go out and
help somebody who needs my help," Lakin said.
And because about 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in
private or residential settings, the person you save could be
someone you love.
"Bystander CPR is important because you never know when you're
around your family and friends, when you might have an emergency,"
The Tulsa community is already off to a good start. Tulsa's
cardiac arrest save rate is one of the highest in the country, and
paramedics say their goal is to shoot for an even higher
"We're at 45.2 percent cardiac arrest return of spontaneous
circulation and we're trying to get over 50 percent," Williams
Councilor Jeannie Cue said city councilors can continue to help
everyone get CPR training by conducting training programs at
council district meetings.
Tulsans interested in learning CPR can visit the Citizen CPR
website at tulsacpr.com to see a
list of available classes. Groups of six or more can get a training
class for free.
Citizens can also contact the Red Cross or the American Heart
Association to sign up for a class or to organize a training event
in the community.
The Save-a-Life Summer in the Park series offers free CPR
classes every Saturday during the summer starting May 31 at
Fix Our Streets Sales Tax Rebate Available
This is the fourth and final year that $25 sales tax rebates will
be available from the 2008 Fix Our Streets package. Rebates will be
distributed in 2014 according to eligibility in 2013.
Residents must submit applications to the City of Tulsa to
receive a rebate. Applications for the 2013 rebate are due by April
Tulsa residents may qualify for rebates either by age - 65 years
or older for any part of 2013 - or income through eligibility for
the Oklahoma Sales Tax Refund or Oklahoma Earned Income Tax Credit.
It is recommended that residents who qualify both by age and income
use age as their eligibility for faster processing.
Other requirements for the rebate:
- Recipient must have lived in the Tulsa city limits for at least
one year prior to application.
- Recipient must be the family member who contributed the
greatest share of income for his or her household.
- Rebates are limited to one per household.
Residents can obtain forms in several ways, including:
- At City Hall, 175 E. 2nd St. - Street Level Customer Service
Cashier and City Clerk
- By request from the Customer Care Center, (918) 596-2100
- Online through the City of Tulsa website:https://www.cityoftulsa.org/salestaxrebate
The City of Tulsa will send rebates to recipients after the
Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has verified age eligibility
and/or the Oklahoma Tax Commission has verified income eligibility.
This process will begin after the April 15 tax filing deadline and
will take several months beyond that. Some Tulsa residents may not
receive their rebates until the fall of 2014.
Learn More About "Improve Our Tulsa"
On Nov. 12, voters approved "Improve Our Tulsa", the largest
capital improvement package in Tulsa history.
View project lists, maps, summaries and more by clicking
Tuesday, March 11: Building Resources in Developing and
Growing Enterprises (BRIDGE) event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cox
Business Center, 100 Civic Center. More information
Tuesday, March 11: Public Hearing for HUD
Community Development Committee Draft Program Year 2014 Annual
Action Plan at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second
floor of City Hall. More information
Saturday & Sunday, April 12-13: Free
Landfill Days from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quarry Landfill at 13740
E. 46th St. North. More information
Friday, April 18: City observed holiday, Good