Voters approve Better Streets, Safer City bond and sales tax measures
Oklahoma City voters approved the bond and sales tax measures on Tuesday’s Better Streets, Safer City special election ballot, making comprehensive investments in the critical infrastructure and services to help our community thrive as it grows.
The Oklahoma State Election Board’s unofficial election results show all 13 bond propositions and both sales tax initiatives won majority approval. The results become official when certified Friday by county election boards.
“I’d like to thank voters for participating in our special election,” Mayor Mick Cornett said. “We appreciate the trust our residents placed in us and will continue being good stewards of taxpayer money by delivering what we promised.”
Oklahoma City’s average property tax rate will remain unchanged at 16 mills, which it has been since the 1980s. Voters approved the first increase to the City’s general operations sales tax rate since 1976, which will raise the overall sales tax rate in Oklahoma City by ¼ cent on Jan. 1.
About the bond and sales tax measures
Voters approved 15 ballot items:
- Thirteen bond propositions making up a 10-year, $967 million bond package to invest in streets, police and fire facilities, parks and other basic needs. The bond package will succeed the almost-complete 2007 bond program.
- A temporary, 27-month continuation of the expiring MAPS 3 penny sales tax to fund $240 million for street resurfacing, streetscapes, trails, sidewalks and bicycle infrastructure.
- A permanent ¼ cent sales tax to provide an additional $26 million of annual funding for police, fire protection and other critical services.
As of Jan. 1, the new overall sales tax rate for most of Oklahoma City will be 8.625 percent, below the state average of 8.86 percent.
The overall Oklahoma City sales tax rate will be 8.975 percent in Canadian County and 8.875 percent in Cleveland County because of differences in the county sales tax rates.
The temporary penny sales tax extension takes effect Jan. 1, the day after the MAPS 3 penny sales tax expires on Dec. 31.
Read more about the measures at okc.gov/BetterSafer.
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