Area News

Council votes to adopt a Motel/Hotel Tax

During the regular meeting on Thursday, Oct. 12, the Okemah City Council had before them the opportunity to adopt a motel/hotel tax. The ordinance called for a 5 percent tax on the room rental rate. City Attorney Jack Cadenhead explained that the proceeds and receipts for room rentals, except for rates $3 or less, would…

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City sales tax receipts fall 15 percent from previous month

Sales tax collections for several communities in Okfuskee County showed a decline for the month of October including Okemah. October distribution of sales tax collections by the Oklahoma Tax Commission primarily represents local tax receipts from August business. Companies that remit more than $2,500 monthly in sales tax receipts are required to file and pay…

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Sen. Thompson again chosen for key national committee work on fiscal policy

State Senator Roger Thompson has again been asked to share his expertise on creating sound, conservative fiscal policy with his appointment to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Budgets and Revenue Committee. Thompson, chair of the Oklahoma State Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance, has previously garnered appointments to other national panels aimed at modernizing…

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BancFirst partners with Gov. Fallin for Feeding Oklahoma Drive

BancFirst locations will serve as donation sites for the Feeding Oklahoma Drive sponsored by Gov. Mary Fallin again this year. Non-perishable food items can be brought to the BancFirst Feeding Oklahoma collection boxes Oct. 1-31. Needed items include canned meats, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned beans and peanut butter. The Feeding Oklahoma food drive was…

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NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program Applications Due Dec. 15

Gary O’Neill, USDA-NRCS State Conservationist for Oklahoma is reminding producers that the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications for 2018 are due in the local NRCS offices on Dec. 15, 2017. Mr. O’Neill stated that “EQIP is available to producers and landowners active in agricultural or forest production engaged in livestock, agricultural, or forest production…

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