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OKC Council Meeting Notes: April 25, 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:
- DNA Racing's "Anthem Brewing Classic," May 6.
- Girls on the Run Central Oklahoma's "Girls on the Run of Oklahoma County Celebratory 5K," May 20.
- Northeast OKC Renaissance's "oNE OKC," May 6.
View all permitted public events on the special event calendar.
Advisory Board will oversee OKCPS bond projects managed by the City
The Council and Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) have agreed to form a new School Bond Advisory Board to oversee OKCPS’ 2016 bond projects managed by the City. The arrangement shares some basic similarities to the oversight and management of MAPS for Kids and OKCPS’ 2007 bond issue. The new School Bond Advisory Board is not an official trust, but will approve an implementation plan and oversee the bond projects. It has seven members: a chairperson jointly appointed by the Mayor and OKCPS Board of Education chairperson, plus three members appointed by the Council and three appointed by the OKCPS Board.
- Read more in a full news release.
May 7-13 is Drinking Water Week
The Council declared May 7-13 to be Drinking Water Week in Oklahoma City. Clean tap water protects us from waterborne diseases, cleans our teeth, cleans our homes, washes our clothes and helps with many other everyday tasks. our tap water delivers public health protection, fore protection, allows our economy to thrive and enhances the quality of our lives. We are stewards of water infrastructure upon which future generations depend. The Council calls upon all residents to help protect our water from pollution and practice water conservation.
Council approves allocation of $7.6 million in federal grant funds
The Council voted to approve the allocation of about $7.6 million in federal grant funds, which are used in Oklahoma City to promote social services programs to benefit our residents. The amount includes about $4.4 million in new Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and about $1.8 million in HOME Investment Partnerships Program.
April sales tax summary
The April sales tax report shows General Fund collections in Oklahoma City were down 6.2 percent compared to the same month last year, below the monthly projection by 5.7 percent. The April report includes collections for the last half of February and estimated collections in the first half of March, which total about $16.6 million for the General Fund. That’s around $996,000 below the projection. April is the 10th month of the fiscal year, and General Fund sales tax revenue is about 1.2 percent (about $2.1 million) below the amended year-to-date projection. General Fund sales tax revenue has declined compared to the same month the previous year in 18 of the last 19 months, including 12 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.
Quarterly hotel tax summary
Hotel tax collections through the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 are down 5.7 percent ($610,903) compared to the first three quarters of last year. Collections for the third quarter were down 6.3 percent compared to the same period last year. Delinquent payments are contributing to the issue this year.
- Download the full report.
Myriad Botanical Gardens becomes more self-sufficient
An update provided Tuesday by the Myriad Botanical Gardens Foundation shows the park continues to become more self-sufficient. The City used to provide the majority of operations funding for the park, and the funding split with the foundation was 50-50in 2015. But the Foundation will provide 54 percent of operational funding this year and 57 percent next year. About 242,000 people attended special events and programs at Myriad Gardens last year, and many more events are planned for the rest of 2017.