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OKC Council Meeting Notes: March 28, 2017
The Oklahoma City Council meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays on the third floor of City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave. Live broadcasts are available on Cox Channel 20 and YouTube. A recording of each meeting is then added to the City's YouTube channel. Check out the meeting calendar for agendas and schedules.
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The Council approved permits Tuesday for:
- American Heart Association's "Heart Walk," April 8.
- Arts Council of Oklahoma City's "Festival of the Arts," April 25-30.
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society's "Walk MS of Central Oklahoma," April 22.
- Plaza District Association's "LIVE on the Plaza," April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 9.
- University of Oklahoma Community Health Alliance's "OUCHA Health Dash," April 1.
View all permitted public events on the special event calendar.
Final plans approved for MAPS 3 Park's north section
The MAPS 3 Park is another step closer to reality after the Council voted Tuesday to approve final plans and specifications for the 40-acre north section. City staff will soon request construction bids from contractors. The plans call for colorful use of native plants, woodland areas, amenities for accessibility, a café, a stage and more.
$1.95 million in economic development funds allocated
The Council voted Tuesday to approve $1.95 million in economic development fund allocations, $1.5 million to the Southern Oaks Learning and Wellness Campus project in south Oklahoma City and $450,000 to a residential project in Midtown. The Midtown project will create 11 for-sale residential units at NW 6th Street and Hudson Avenue. The wellness project will create a campus that combines education and low-cost healthcare services and is part of a partnership between the City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Oklahoma City Public Schools, University of Central Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City Community College and the Metropolitan Library System.
Oklahoma City's March sales tax summary
The March sales tax report shows General Fund collections in Oklahoma City were down 2.8 percent compared to the same month last year, below the monthly projection by 0.8 percent. The March report includes collections for the last half of January and estimated collections in the first half of February, which total about $15.7 million for the General Fund. That’s around $125,000 below the projection. March is the ninth month of the fiscal year, and General Fund sales tax revenue is about 0.7 percent (about $1.1 million) below the amended year-to-date projection. General Fund sales tax revenue has declined compared to the same month the previous year in 17 of the last 18 months, including 11 in a row. The General Fund pays for the City’s day-to-day operations. Sales tax is the City’s largest single source of revenue.
Other recent City of OKC news
- Tree inventory to help Parks & Recreation foresters track tree health, longevity
- Sheridan to be closed from Shartel to Classen for about 8 weeks
- Low-interest loans available to OKC homeowners for energy efficient upgrades
- Residents asked to lighten up on fertilizer
- Standard & Poor's, Moody's reaffirm Oklahoma City's AAA bond rating
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