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Oklahoma City Council calls special meetings this summer for potential MAPS 4 project presentations
The Oklahoma City Council called a series of special public meetings in July and August to hear presentations on potential MAPS 4 projects.
The meetings are open to everyone and broadcast live on Channel 20 and on YouTube, with recordings later posted to the City’s YouTube Channel. The meetings will begin at 9 a.m. in the Council Chamber on the third floor of City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave.:
- Tuesday, July 9
- Sidewalks, bike lanes, trails, streetlights
- Freedom Center
- Thursday, July 11
- Youth centers
- State Fair coliseum
- Senior wellness centers
- Animal shelter
- Wednesday, July 31
- Chesapeake Arena & NBA enhancements
- Diversion hub
- Tuesday, Aug. 6
- Mental health
- Multipurpose stadium
- Innovation District
- Other projects brought forward by Councilmembers
- Overview of format, timing, revenue estimates, sustainable design, 1% for art
“The Council and I are anxious to enter this next phase of the process, and to explore the potential projects in more depth,” said Mayor David Holt. “The finalizing of the projects being presented is definitely a milestone in this journey, and I’m very excited about the things we’re considering. I believe they really reflect this community’s dreams for its future. From the beginning, we all set out to have a very inclusive and transparent MAPS 4 process. It started with the ideas solicitation last fall, and it continues with these public meetings this summer. This is an exciting time in Oklahoma City, a time we get to chart our City’s course for the next decade. The people of OKC are walking every step of this process with us, and I invite all people in OKC to continue the journey.”
The Mayor and City Council will schedule groups and City staff to make presentations about the potential project ideas. The special meetings follow the Mayor and Council’s invitation last fall for residents to share their MAPS 4 ideas, which Mayor Holt summarized early this year in his annual State of the City address.
Like regular Council meetings, residents attending the special meetings may sign up to speak about agenda items or make general comments. Comments are generally limited to three minutes.
After the presentations at the special meetings, the Council will discuss a potential project list at the regular Council meetings that follow.
MAPS 4 would take effect upon the expiration of the Better Streets, Safer City temporary one-cent sales tax that’s helping to fund nearly $800 million in street repairs across Oklahoma City. The tax expires at the end of March 2020.
MAPS 4 would leave the current Oklahoma City sales tax rate of 4.125 percent unchanged. Including state sales tax, the overall sales tax rate in most of OKC is 8.625 percent (8.975 percent in Canadian County and 8.875 percent in Cleveland County because of county sales taxes).
The genesis of MAPS is the late 1980s, when civic leaders were jolted by an airline’s choice of another city for a maintenance hub because its employees didn’t want to live in Oklahoma City. In response, residents chose to make OKC a better place to live.
The original MAPS vote in December 1993 funded the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Bricktown Canal, Cox Convention Center, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Civic Center Music Hall, improvements to State Fair Park, the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, the Oklahoma River and Oklahoma Spirit Trolleys. It ultimately raised $309 million, plus an extra $54 million in interest also used to fund construction. The original MAPS also had a use tax, which was deposited into a maintenance fund for the projects.
The MAPS for Kids vote in 2001 funded improvements to every public school serving students from Oklahoma City, including 70 new or renovated school buildings. Of the $700 million raised by the program, about $470 million was used for construction projects, $52 million for technology projects, $9 million for bus fleet replacement and $153 million for projects in 23 suburban districts serving OKC students. The MAPS for Kids use tax funded public safety fleet replacement.
Every MAPS 3 project is either already finished or is under construction. Voters approved it in 2009. MAPS 3 raised about $805 million, well above the anticipated $777 million because of Oklahoma City’s strong economy. Its projects are Scissortail Park, RIVERSPORT Rapids and other Oklahoma River improvements, the Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park, the OKC Streetcar, Senior Health & Wellness Centers, the new Convention Center, trails and sidewalks. The MAPS 3 use tax, like the MAPS for Kids use tax, funded public safety fleet replacement.
MAPS 3 sales tax collections ended Dec. 31, 2017, with the current Better Streets, Safer City temporary one-cent sales tax taking effect the next day. The Better Streets, Safer City use tax also funds public safety fleet replacement.