Budget and Finance FAQ
How is the City's 3.50% sales tax revenue allocated within the City's budget?
Sales taxes are voted on by the electors of the City of Shawnee and allocated based on ordinance in the following ways:
Permanent Sales Tax (3.00%):
1. Two-percent (2.00%) are allocated to the General Fund for core City services.
2. One-sixteenth of one percent (0.0625%) are allocated to the Police Special Tax Fund to be used for salaries, equipping, training and hiring of Shawnee Police Officers in excess of the 1998-99 funding levels.
3. One-sixteenth of one percent (0.0625%) are allocated to the Fire Special Tax Fund to be used for salaries, equipping, training and hiring of Shawnee Firefighters in excess of the 1998-99 funding levels.
4. Seven-eights of one percent (0.875%) are allocated among various funds to be used for capital improvements, economic development, or the payment of debt service and other requirements that may be required by any document securing the payments of bonds issued by the City or a public trust of which the City is a beneficiary.
Temporary Sales Tax (0.50%), for capital expenditures:
1. One eighth of one percent (0.125%) are allocated for police, fire, and emergency management capital expenditures.
2. One eighth of one percent (0.125%) are allocated street and road project capital expenditures.
3. One quarter of one percent (0.25%) are allocated for public parks and public facilities capital expenditures.
What is the sales tax rate for the City of Shawnee?
The sales tax rate for the City of Shawnee is 9.495% of each dollar. The State of Oklahoma receives 4.5%, the City of Shawnee receives 3.50% and Pottawatomie County receives the remaining 1.495%.
What type of accounting structure does the City use?
The City of Shawnee utilizes fund accounting in accordance with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement No. 54. The City's resources are tracked using the general fund, special revenue funds, capital projects funds, debt service funds, proprietary funds, and internal service funds based on purpose. Each fund is a separate accounting and financial reporting entity with a discrete chart of accounts including assets, liabilities, fund balance, revenues and expenditures. The number of funds established for the City varies based on legal requirements and management's judgment for expeditious and sound financial reporting. See the City's most recent comprehensive annual financial report for additional information.
What is the City's fiscal year?
The City of Shawnee operates on a fiscal year of July 1 to June 30, matching the State of Oklahoma's fiscal operating year.