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Councilwoman Nice to host Ward 7 MAPS 4 Forum on Nov. 5
Councilwoman Nikki Nice is hosting a public Ward 7 MAPS 4 Forum on Nov. 5 for Oklahoma City residents to learn more about the program and ask questions.
“This is a great opportunity for people to learn more about MAPS 4 before the vote on Dec. 10,” said Councilwoman Nice. “We’ll have leaders involved with some of the projects that will most directly affect Ward 7.”
The forum is 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church, 1020 NE 42nd Street.
Speakers will make 10-minute presentations and leave time for questions from the audience. The topics will be six of the 16 projects included in MAPS 4:
- Youth Centers
- Mental Health and Addiction
- Freedom Center and Clara Luper Civil Rights Center
- Animal Shelter
The proposed MAPS 4 program would raise a projected $978 million over eight years, debt-free, funded by a temporary penny sales tax. It requires approval from Oklahoma City voters in the Dec. 10 election.
Learn more about MAPS 4 at okc.gov/maps4.
More about MAPS 4
The proposed MAPS 4 package is focused on neighborhood and human needs, as well as quality of life and job-creating initiatives. More than 70 percent of the funding is dedicated to neighborhood and human needs.
The proposed MAPS 4 program includes 16 projects:
- Parks ($140 million)
- Youth Centers ($110 million)
- Senior Wellness Centers ($30 million)
- Mental Health and Addiction ($40 million)
- Family Justice Center operated by Palomar ($38 million)
- Transit ($87 million)
- Sidewalks, bike lanes, trails and streetlights ($87 million)
- Homelessness ($50 million)
- Chesapeake Energy Arena and related facilities ($115 million)
- Animal Shelter ($38 million)
- Fairgrounds Coliseum ($63 million)
- Diversion Hub ($17 million)
- Innovation District ($71 million)
- Freedom Center and Clara Luper Civil Rights Center ($25 million)
- Beautification ($30 million)
- Multipurpose Stadium ($37 million)
If voters approve the MAPS 4 program, each project will be refined in the coming years as the process unfolds, much like the previous MAPS programs. MAPS 4 will have oversight from the City Council and a volunteer advisory board.
Election and voting information
The MAPS 4 election will be Dec. 10 with only one item on the ballot. Voters will vote yes or no on a single capital investment program, which the Council will devote to MAPS 4.
Oklahoma City voters registered at their current address are already eligible to vote. The deadline is Nov. 15 for new voter registration or updating your registration to a new address.
State law requires proof of identity to vote. Acceptable forms of ID are a voter ID card, driver’s license or another form of ID issued by the federal government, state government or federally recognized tribal government. Voters may also cast a provisional ballot by proving their identity with a signed, sworn affidavit, which is available at the polling station.
Early voting for the MAPS 4 election is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at your local county election board:
- Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd., (405) 713-1515
- Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E Robinson Street (Suite 200) in Norman, (405) 366-0210
- Canadian County Election Board, 200 S Bickford Ave. in El Reno, (405) 422-2422
- Pottawatomie County Election Board, 14101 Acme Road in Shawnee, (405) 273-8376.
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