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Lodging boon

Tax brings in $12,553 in first month

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Consider it a good start.

The first monies generated by a lodging tax hit the city’s bank account last week.

The 5 percent tax generated $12,553.76 in its first month, according to city treasurer Victor Lohn.

That money, which is earmarked for tourism promotion, will remain untouched for a few months as the balance grows with successive deposits.

In the meantime, a 7-member lodging tax committee will consider how best to expend funds and promote tourism.

Serving on the committee are Purcell city council member Theda Engert, Parks & Recreation Director John Blue, city manager Dale Bunn, Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Director Elisabeth Baker, merchant Cindy Millsap, citizen-at-large Allen Eubanks, former owner of Purcell Ace Hardware.

Voters gave overwhelming approval – 203 to 103 – for the lodging tax in February.

The tax went into effect on July 1.

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