The temporary penny sales tax extension will help make our streets better and continue work on a complete and safe street network for all Oklahoma City residents. It continues the use of the expiring MAPS 3 sales tax.
Over 27 months, the temporary sales tax will generate $240 million of revenue for better and safer streets, sidewalks and trails for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
The initiative includes $168 million for street resurfacing, $24 million for streetscapes, $24 million for sidewalks, $12 million for trails, $12 million for bicycle infrastructure.
The debt-free projects will create smooth and safe streets for drivers, on-street amenities for recreational and commuting cyclists, and streetscapes and trails that protect pedestrians and cyclists and enhance opportunities for economic development.
Better Streets, Safer City Advisory Board
The 11-member Better Streets, Safer City Advisory Board makes recommendations to the Oklahoma City Council regarding priorities, timelines and other elements of the temporary penny sales tax extension projects. The Council considers the recommendations for approval.
The board voted to meets on the first Monday of each month at 10 a.m. in Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave. The board, its meetings and records are subject to the state Open Meetings Act and Open Records Act. Agendas and minutes are available at okc.gov/agenda.
The 11 board members are:
- Hal McKnight, Chairman
- Michael Taylor, Ward 1
- Jamie Dunnington, Ward 2
- Jeff Groves, Ward 3
- Brooke McGowan, Ward 4
- Jim Lehew, Ward 5
- Brenda Campos Hernandez, Ward 6
- Sandino Thompson, Ward 7
- Don Noble, Ward 8
- Steve Dixon, at-large
- Jason Johnson, at-large
Members, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council, serve three-year terms and are volunteers. City staff provides administrative and legal support.
City staff presents the board with agenda items related to prioritization, timelines, design, contracts and other matters.
The list of agenda items is based on needs throughout Oklahoma City.