Election Information

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Perkins Library and Youth

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VOTE on February 13

Town Hall Meeting to Discuss l L l A l Y l
Monday, February 5, 2024, 6 p.m.
Vassar Community Center

Two new sales taxes of 1/4-cent each will be proposed to the voters for their consideration at a special election to be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. 

The sales taxes are proposed in an effort to create revenue dedicated solely to the Perkins Public Library and Perkins Parks and Recreation facilities, services, and programs. 

Proposition 1

To approve a 1/4-cent sales tax for the Perkins Public Library for a period of 10 years

and/or

Proposition 2

To approve a 1/4-cent sales tax for the Perkins Parks & Recreation Department for a period of 10 years

The new taxes would generate over $100,000 for each department annually.

For each sales tax, the cost breaks down to approximately $2.65 per person per month or 9 cents per person per day. 

Investing in our community is cheaper than one cup of coffee per month.


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Why are we seeking an additional revenue source for our library and parks and recreation departments? 

þ Oklahoma is the only state in which sales tax is the only state-provided source of tax revenue. None of our property taxes go to general operating expenses.

þ 83% of Perkins' revenue comes from sales/use tax and utility bills. 

þ Perkins collects less sales tax per resident than many other municipalities. For the month of June 2023, sales tax generated an average of $39.66 per Perkins resident while Chandler residents generated an average of $121.33 per person.

þ The sales tax rate for Perkins is currently 8.688%: 4.5 cents go to the State of Oklahoma, .813 cent goes to Payne County, and 3.375 cents (per dollar spent) go to the City of Perkins (2 cents to General Fund, 1 cent to Capital Improvement Fund, and .375 cent to Public Safety Fund.)

þ The revenue generated through existing revenue streams is inadequate to properly fund all of Perkins' needs.

þ Currently, in comparison with nine other municipalities (selected for their location or population size), Perkins has the lowest city sales tax rate at 3.375%.

þ If passed, the additional sales tax would rank Perkins 7th out of the 10 cities compared: Drumright 4.5%, Perry 4.25%, Chandler, Cushing, Stillwater, and Yale at 4.0%, Perkins, 3.875%, Guthrie 3.7%, and Pawnee and Mannford at 3.5%.)

The new tax would generate over $100,000 for each department annually.

What would we do with the money?

l L l A l Y l Library Wish Listnew library

þ Completion of building renovations of the new library
  

þ Furnishings and shelving systems for new library

 

þ Computers, printers, hotspot devices, other technology, and equipment
 

þ Programming materials, books, Summer Reading  
 
     program, etc.



l L l A l Y l Parks & Recreation Wish ListPlayground



þ Ballfield lights at Dickson & Peters Parks
  

þ Upgrades for parking lots at Dickson & Peters Parks

 

þ Mulch & shade structures for playground areas
 

þ Fence repairs at Dickson Park
 

þ Security cameras at parks
 

þ Concession stand/bathroom upgrades


What will this cost? 

For each sales tax, the cost breaks down to approximately $2.65 per person per month or 9¢ per person per day.


What we pay now versus what we pay with the new sales tax:


NOW Sonic Route 44 drink: $3.09 + .27 = $3.36

NEW Sonic Route 44 drink: $3.09 + .29 = $3.38  An increase of 2¢

 

NOW McDonald’s Happy Meal: $3.89 + .34 = $4.23

NEW McDonald’s Happy Meal: $3.89 + .36 = $4.25  An increase of 2¢

 

NOW King-size Snickers bar at OnCue: $2.99 + .26 = $3.25

NEW King-size Snickers bar at OnCue: $2.99 + .28 = $3.27  An increase of 2¢

 

NOW Rolled ice cream at The Grind: $6.99 + .61 = $7.60

NEW Rolled ice cream at The Grind: $6.99 + .65 = $7.64  An increase of 4¢

 

NOW Large coffee at The Wandering Brew: $3.00 + .26 = $3.26

NEW Large coffee at The Wandering Brew: $3.00 + .28 = $3.28  An increase of 2¢


If you have questions, please reach out:

Mayor Carla Cummings, Email or Telephone (405) 547-2445 to leave a message

City Manager Bob Ernst, Email or Telephone (405) 547-2445

Library Director Jennifer Hudson, Email or Telephone (405) 547-5185
*Jennifer can put callers in touch with members of the Library Board or Perkins Public Library Trust

Parks and Recreation Director Trent Dawes, Email or Telephone (405) 714-7520
*Trent can put callers in touch with members of the Parks and Recreation Board



Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation in its entirety for much more information regarding the propositions.