At any rate, that’s the vibe I pick up from this:
Congratulations Pittsburg County. You just voted to increase sales tax rates to some of the highest in OK/US. #economicdevelopment
— Connor Keef (@connorkeef) August 12, 2015
Well, let’s see. The state charges a uniform 4.5 percent. The city of McAlester collects 3.5 percent. And … hmmm. Pittsburg County, which was 1.0 percent, drops to 0.5 percent effective the first of October. What are they asking? The McAlester Chamber of Commerce was circulating this flyer:
The measure passed yesterday will bump up the combined sales tax in Pittsburg County to 9.5 percent; should the October bill pass, the tax rate inside McAlester city limits will be 10.25 percent, putting it on par with Chicago but ahead of New York City.