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Oklahoma City Council finishes MAPS 4 presentation meetings, to consider project list
“These four meetings have been an invigorating experience,” said Mayor Holt. “I’ll forever remember the love for our city and the hope for its future that I’ve seen on display this last month. The Council and I are grateful to everyone for their engagement, and we are inspired by it. We will carry that passion with us into the next phase of this important process.”
The Council will discuss a potential project list at its regularly scheduled meetings. The Council meets every-other-Tuesday, with the next meeting on Aug. 13. Visit okc.gov/agenda for agendas, which are posted the Friday before each meeting.
Any MAPS 4 project list will be subject to voter approval, requiring the Council to call an election. Sign up to get election updates by email at okc.gov/news, and be sure to select “Elections” as one of the categories.
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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.
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