A 0.495-cent Pottawatomie County sales tax increase for schools, backed by voters in November of 2015 and set to continue until June 30, 2026, has been in effect just more than a year.

A 0.495-cent Pottawatomie County sales tax increase for schools, backed by voters in November of 2015 and set to continue until June 30, 2026, has been in effect just more than a year.

The tax increase was proposed to achieve two things: a 0.49-cent portion –– projected to raise $3.7 million in revenue annually –– is being split between the county's 14 school districts, and the other portion of the tax — .005 cents — is being utilized for the construction, acquisition, maintenance and operation of the One Safe Place Family Justice Center. That amount of tax was expected to bring in $165,000 to $175,000 per year.

Collections for the tax increase began July 1, 2016, but data didn't become available until September 2016. Now that a full year of reports has been recorded, there is a more accurate average of expected collections.

Figures shows that, in November, school districts in Pottawatomie County received the following, with calculations based on number of students enrolled:

• McLoud received $40,674.28 for the month, compared to a year ago, when $45,181.71 was collected. McLoud totals for 2017 are $500,392.12.

• Dale received $18,179.01, compared to a year ago, when $19,074.12 was collected. So far in 2017, Dale has received $216,824.98.

• Bethel received $30,606.07, compared to a year ago, when $33,327.72 was collected. This year, Bethel's total is $372,446.07.

• Macomb received $6,155.31, compared to a year ago, when $7,092.34 was collected. In 2017, Macomb's total is $77,278.41.

• Earlsboro received $6,180.51, compared to a year ago, when $6,222.80 was collected. So far in 2017, Earlsboro has totaled $72,119.71.

• North Rock Creek received $13,981.36, compared to a year ago, when $14,830.03 was collected. So far in 2017, NRC has collected $167,735.11.

• Grove received $11,014.15, compared to a year ago, when $11,375 was collected. This year's total is $130,262.44.

• Pleasant Grove received $6,269.59, compared to a year ago, when $6,969.19 was collected. For the year, Pleasant Grove has $77,160.46.

• South Rock Creek received $8,976.79, compared to a year ago, when $9,834.92 was collected. SRC's collection in 2017 is $109,603.59.

• Tecumseh received $49,225.88, compared to a year ago, when $54,166.12 was collected. Tecumseh's total for 2017 is $602,460.38.

• Shawnee received $87,605.66, compared to a year ago, when $93,264.90 was collected. For the year, so far, Shawnee's tax totals are $1,053,090.69.

• Asher received $6,404.03, compared to a year ago, when $6,257 was collected. Since January, Asher has collected a total of $73,565.09.

• Wanette received $3,476.66, compared to a year ago, when $4,315.32 was collected. Wanette's tally for 2017 so far is $45,533.85.

• Maud received $6,915.66, compared to a year ago, when $7,824.85 was collected. Maud's 2017 total to date is $85,949.48.

Family Justice Center

A portion of the education sales tax collections goes to the Family Justice Center — the other .005 cents.

In November, the Oklahoma Tax Commission remitted $2,986.52 in collections to the FJC, compared to $3,588.91 a year ago.

Citizen Potawatomi Nation

CPN has voluntarily made contributions for county school districts and the FJC.

In the last year — from contributions made in November 2016, and in March and September of 2017 — schools have received the following funds from CPN:

• McLoud — $27,437.91

• Dale — $11,753.78

• Bethel — $20,341.26

• Macomb — $7,435.05

• Earlsboro — $3,876.84

• North Rock Creek — $9,112.68

• Grove — $7,038.71

• Pleasant Grove — $4,231.51

• South Rock Creek — $5,993.35

• Tecumseh — $32,972.36

• Shawnee — $57,254.41

• Asher — $3,930.21

• Wanette — $2,551.54

• Maud — $4,730.12

FJC:

CPN gave $1,512.82 in tax to FJC over the last year — $501.53 in November 2016; $506.10 in March 2017; and $505.19 in September.