Vote slated on Comanche County tax

  • Vote slated on Comanche County tax

LAWTON – A vote on a proposal to extend Comanche County’s threeeighths of a cent sales tax for 10 years will be held next spring.

Comanche County’s commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously endorsed a resolution that scheduled the election for March 2, 2021.

The existing tax was approved in an election held June 24, 2014, and expires Dec. 31, 2021, the resolution relates. The commissioners assert in the resolution that “it is essential that the term of the sales tax levy should be extended” to Dec. 31, 2031.

The sales tax produced $4.93 million for Comanche County over the past 12 months, Oklahoma Tax Commission records reflect.

The revenue is divided among six recipients:

  • 80% of the proceeds is earmarked for operation of the Comanche County Detention Center.

Of the remaining 20%:

  • 26% is allocated for capital improvements and operational costs of volunteer fire departments in Comanche County, to help finance rural fire protection.
  • 27% for capital improvements and op - erational costs of the Comanche County Fairgrounds.
  • 15% for operation of the county Sheriff’s Department.
  • 17% for the county’s Capital Improvement Contingency Fund.
  • 15% for “industrial and economic development efforts” of the Comanche County Industrial Development Authority.