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Johnston County loses thousands of sales tax dollars

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JOHNSTON COUNTY, Okla. -- Johnston County Commissioners said they're running on a tight budget this month as they were blindsided by a major loss of sales tax returns.

"The Oklahoma tax commission doesn't tell us from one month to another. It's just whatever comes in on the sales tax whether it's up or whether it's down," said Johnston County Commissioner Mike Thompson.

Thompson said there's a concern in the county after their most recent sales tax numbers came in.

"We went from $200 thousand down to $80 thousand as a total for the whole county on sales tax," he said.

For a county with only 11 thousand people, Thompson said a loss of that much money could be a major problem if it becomes a trend.

"It is devastating. It hurts us a lot, but we're used to working with no money, as the old saying goes, so we just make do with what we can,” he said.

While the county isn't exactly sure why there was a major loss, Thompson said they hope the oil and gas industry, as well as local tourism, will help bring it back up.

"We got to have help from the other businesses and hopefully people will help patronize these businesses. Christmas is coming up so hopefully the sales tax will come back up," he said.

The county has reached out to several legislators including county representative, and Oklahoma Speaker of the House, Charles McCall for help in order to solve the problem.

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