Oklahoma schools sue state over tax dollars

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Area schools are suing the State of Oklahoma over what they say were misappropriated tax dollars.

Muskogee and Bartlesville School Districts joined nearly 50 other school districts that are suing the state.

Quick facts:

  • 48 Oklahoma schools are suing the state.
  • They said the state took excess tax dollars from their districts and gave them to other schools.
  • They said they want the money brought back to their districts.

The districts are asking that taxpayer money be returned to them after the state mistakenly distributed it to other districts.

In the lawsuit, the districts said they are in need of more funds than ever.

The 48 schools filed the lawsuit Monday after they said the mishap went on for 22 years.

Bartlesville, Muskogee, Creek and Pittsburg schools are among the 18 Green Country districts represented in the lawsuit.

Leaders said the mishap happened after taxpayers in the counties affected paid additional taxes for more than two decades.

They said that money went to districts where taxpayers paid a lower rate.

The superintendent of Bartlesville Public Schools said the district was shorted $4 million.

The Oklahoma Department of Education said they cannot comment on pending legal matters.

The districts said they want the state supreme court to collect the overpayments and distribute the dollars to the 48 underpaid districts.