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OKC Council Meeting Notes: Aug. 15, 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 a permit Tuesday for:
- Capitol Hill Assembly of God's "Convoy of Hope OKC," Oct. 7.
View all permitted public events on the special event calendar.
Council approves $43 million in TIF allocations
The Council voted Tuesday to approve about $43 million in tax increment finance (TIF) district fund allocations -- $40 million for the First National Center redevelopment project, $2.6 million for Oklahoma City Boulevard land acquisition and $165,000 for a housing project at 631 W California Ave. The First National Center project funds come from TIF No. 10, and the funds for the other two projects come from TIF No. 2.
- Read the housing project agenda item.
- Read the Boulevard project agenda item.
- Read the First National project agenda item.
Pay-by-plate among proposed changes to on-street parking downtown
Proposed changes to on-street parking in downtown Oklahoma City will standardize time limits and add more convenient ways to pay for your space. The changes were introduced Aug. 1, had a public hearing Tuesday and are set for a vote Aug. 29. They would let drivers simply enter their license plate number when making a payment and impose the same time limit on every on-street, metered space downtown. Each metered space would have a two-hour time limit, simplifying the various limits currently in force around downtown. The new rate for on-street parking would be $2 per hour.
- Read a full news release from Aug. 1.
- Read the agenda items about zones/meters and pricing.
- Download the presentation from Aug. 1.
- Watch the presentation from Aug. 1.
Oklahoma City's August sales tax summary
The August sales tax report shows General Fund collections in Oklahoma City were up 5.8 percent compared to the same month last year, above the monthly projection by 3.7 percent. The August report includes collections for the last half of June and estimated collections in the first half of July, which total about $18.6 million for the General Fund. That’s around $661,000 above the projection. August is the second month of fiscal year 2018. General Fund sales tax revenue is 1.6 percent (about $580,000) above the year-to-date projection. The General Fund pays for the City’s day-to-day operations. Sales tax is the City’s largest single source of revenue.
2017-18 Youth Council takes office
Eighteen OKC high school students took office Tuesday as members of the 2017-18 Youth Council, kicking off nine months of hands-on education in public service. Each of Oklahoma City’s eight wards has two representatives, and they’re joined by two at-large representatives. Each Youth Council member was introduced during Tuesday’s Council meeting. The Youth Council will work with each other, their Council member and City staff to learn about the challenges and successes of municipal government. The Youth Council will also take part in addressing issues affecting OKC’s youth in a series of meetings, seminars and more.
- Read a full news release.