Last year the news broke that Oklahoma Legislators were working to end the sales tax on groceries. At that time they announced that they would be conducting a study to see what the possible impacts would be both positive and negative for the state. Well, they've done their research and it's looking like they'll be moving forward with it. Rep. Sean Roberts recently announced that he hopes to introduce updated legislation or a referendum that will remove the current sales tax on groceries in the Sooner State.
Oklahoma is only one of six states that still puts a full sales tax on groceries, it's around 4.5%. So most of the country isn't taxing people for grocery items, although some states still tax ready-made food items. While 4.5% doesn't sound like a lot it would definitely help a lot of Oklahomans when it comes to their grocery bill. Especially low-income families or those with limited or fixed incomes like seniors and retirees.
If the new measure passes it would amend the current Oklahoma sales tax rates and code to provide an exemption for some grocery items. From what it sounds like right now the only grocery items that would be tax-free would be food/groceries in the Federal SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). While we had hoped they all sales tax on groceries would go away, something is better than nothing.
State lawmakers will be submitting a referendum and are hoping to gain approval in order to place it as a question on a state ballot. I think most Oklahomans would agree doing away with the state's current sales tax on groceries is a good thing. By doing this it would certainly help Oklahomans and even help stimulate the economy and provide economic growth within the state. The grocery budget for most people and families would certainly go a lot further if the sales tax were removed, even if it's only SNAP items.
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Tour the most expensive house for sale in Oklahoma!
It's being called the most premier luxury listing in all of Oklahoma on Zillow.com
. This massive mansion in Arcadia, OK. at 400 Deep Fork Circle
is listed by Ty Burnett of 525 Realty Group
. It currently has an asking price of $5,950,000
making it the most expensive, if not one of the most expensive houses for sale in the entire state. So what will almost six million dollars get you? A lot! This epic 12,020 square foot estate sits on over 2.5 acres and features 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. It comes with its own guest house, resort infinity pool, cabana, and gym. The chef-inspired kitchen features all professional, commercial-grade appliances. There's a THX theater room and entertainment suite complete with its own bar. The master bedroom has a see-through fireplace, huge celebrity-style closets a garden room, and heated marble floors in the master bath. It has a basement a wine cellar and tons of outdoor patio and sitting areas. Scroll through all the pictures below and take a virtual tour of this one-of-a-kind epic estate located in Arcadia, OK.
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Where to Find the many murals by Justin Hackney's Spreading PAINT in Lawton, Fort Sill.
If you've driven around town you've probably seen all the murals we have in Lawton, Fort Sill. If you take the time to look you'll notice that they're everywhere. We're lucky to have so many talented artists that share their work with us regularly by painting murals. One name you've probably heard before is Justin Hackney and Spreading PAINT
. His work of masterful murals can be found all over town. He's done some of the very best and has painted everything from rock stars to celebrities and everything in between. He has a style all his own and has painted murals in full color, vivid transposed negative style, and in black and white. Be on the lookout for his latest mural masterpiece he's going to keep painting them so long as people want them and there's wall space. Looking forward to seeing his next one! Check out the gallery below of Justin Hackney's Spreading PAINT murals and where to find them. We'll continue to add to the gallery as he paints them.