The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

14 November 2007

I guess it was nice while it lasted

You may remember this from way back in the summer of '04:

The community of Warr Acres, an enclave within Oklahoma City's northwest quadrant, has one claim to fame: its 6.5-percent sales tax rate (2 for Warr Acres, 4.5 for the state of Oklahoma), the lowest in the metro area. (Neighboring Bethany collects 8.5 percent; Oklahoma City, 8.375 percent.) Signs posted on the way out of town contain the ominous message "Warning: Higher Taxes Ahead."

Unfortunately, there may be higher taxes ahead for shoppers in Warr Acres.

And there were: in 2005, voters in Warr Acres opted to raise the two-cent city tax to three cents, bringing the total to 7.5 percent, still lower than its neighbors.

No more. Tuesday, 521 of 999 voters (population of Warr Acres is around 9500) approved an increase to four cents; the additional penny will be split between police and fire operations. The total will be 8.5 percent when the new rate goes into effect.

So now who gets to claim "Lowest Sales Tax in Metro Area"? Norman, Luther and Valley Brook are at 7.5 percent; Edmond at 7.75; Midwest City at 7.8; most everyone else is 8 and up. (Lake Aluma is officially 7.25 percent, though I don't remember seeing any actual retail there; this is the state's fourth-quarter list in PDF format.)

Posted at 7:32 PM to Soonerland

The Braum's at NE 63rd & Bryant might be in the "city limits" of Lake Aluma, population 93 as per Wikipedia. That is the only thing I can think of unless Avon and Mary Kay has to charge sales tax.

Posted by: Dan B at 12:07 AM on 15 November 2007

That's where my husband grew up! He went to Putnam City High.

Posted by: gail at 7:50 AM on 15 November 2007

The Braum's at NE 63rd & Bryant might be in the "city limits" of Lake Aluma

Google Earth, which can be and frequently is wrong, shows the city limit line for Lake Aluma as crossing NE 63rd just east of North Bryant.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:14 AM on 15 November 2007

.."crossing NE 63rd" should read "reaching NE 63rd." And on second look it appears Google Earth shows the same boundaries enclosing both Lake Aluma and Forest Park. It'll take someone on the ground out there to make sense of that.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:17 AM on 15 November 2007

Inasmuch as Forest Park doesn't extend north of 50th at any point — but never mind, I'll pull out the Big Frickin' Atlas.

Aluma Valley Drive forks off Bryant at about the 6000 block, then turns northward and hits 63rd at about 3400. This is the western boundary of Lake Aluma, which extends to Coltrane Road (4300 block).

Braum's is at 3004 NE 63rd. I think it's safe to say it's within Oklahoma City limits. There is, however, an unincorporated zone south of Lake Aluma and extending to the Forest Park line, which may have been what messed with Google Earth's head.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:18 PM on 15 November 2007