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FROM THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 (January 22)

    As of this advisory, there are 365,992 (up 2,946) confirmed total positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.
    There are 47 additional deaths identified including three in Logan County. There are 3,187 total deaths in the state. There are 3,343 new recoveries for a total of 330,478. There are 444 less active cases in the state for a total of 32,327.

REGIONAL COUNTY/CITY NUMBERS  (January 22)
COUNTY    CASES   DEATHS  RECOVERIES  ACTIVE
PAYNE           7395          38             6789           568
CREEK          5352          81             4728           543
LINCOLN       2652          38             2399           215
LOGAN          3402          20             3006           376
NOBLE           1191          8              1079           104
PAWNEE        1388         18             1231           139

STILLWATER  5335        18             4903           414

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FROM STILLWATER MEDICAL CENTER:

(THESE NUMBERS ARE UPDATED ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY EACH WEEK)

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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

The City of Stillwater’s January 2021 sales and use tax collection totaled $2,629,437. The collection is based off November transactions that were reported to the Oklahoma Tax Commission in December and apportioned to the City in January.

This is a decrease from January 2020 total collections by $193,178 (6.84 percent).

The City of Stillwater’s sales tax collections in January 2021 were $2,331,471, which is down $209,826 (8.26 percent) from January 2020.

The City of Stillwater’s use tax collections in January 2021 were $297,966, which is up $16,648 (5.92 percent) from January 2020.

Hotel/motel tax remitted to the City in January 2021 totaled $45,691, which is down from January 2020 collections by $31,586 (40.87 percent), and shows the effects of the current pandemic.

In Oklahoma, sales tax is the largest source of recurring revenue for municipalities, and the novel coronavirus has brought many challenges and unknowns related to the dependability of that revenue source. Changes in how businesses in the community operate and in the shopping habits of citizens as well as the canceling of community events all jeopardize the reliability of local sales tax revenue.

Although Stillwater has experienced only modest effects to sales tax since the start of the pandemic, it is important to keep in mind that the City is also not experiencing any growth, which is the desire for our local economy. Lack of growth in local sales tax generation limits future opportunities for expanding City services and capital investment. The future health of sales tax revenue is dependent on the community’s ability to reopen businesses, reemploy our citizens and reengage public activity and events. Sales tax collections will be monitored very closely in the coming months, and amendments to the City’s budget will be made as needed.

For more information about the budget and taxes, visit the City’s Financial Center at http://stillwater.org/budget.

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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

It’s that time of the year again — the City of Stillwater is entering the Budget Preparation Phase of the budget cycle and is calling on you to participate. The Budget Preparation Phase is a period from January to March where the City takes public input to develop the next fiscal year’s budget.

City officials are interested in what Stillwater residents want to see budgeted. If you would like to give your input on the City’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget from home, try our interactive, online budget tool. The tool allows citizens to submit their ideal City budget and results are presented directly to City Council and staff.

Another way to get involved virtually is through Speak Up Stillwater, the City’s civic engagement platform. Here you can ask questions, give suggestions and sign up for updates.

Residents are also welcome to speak directly to City Council at scheduled public hearings on the City’s budget. See details for public meetings at Stillwater.org/agenda. Remember to fill out the Request to Speak Form.

For more information on the City's finances, go to stillwater.org/budget.

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