City requests feedback for potential MAPS 4 projects
For more than 20 years, the City of Oklahoma City has used the power of a penny to transform the community into a better place to live, work and play through the Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) program. Now, the people of Oklahoma City once again have the opportunity to help write the next chapter in OKC’s transformative temporary one-cent sales tax program.
“This is an interesting day in the history of our city and in the history of the Chamber’s interactions with our city,” said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt during a presentation about the MAPS 4 call for ideas at the Chamber’s recent Leadership Summit. “We only get this opportunity every 10 years or so. This is an exciting opportunity in front of us.”
Holt and the members of City Council are inviting everyone to submit ideas for a potential MAPS 4 at ideas4maps.com. The City is requesting that the ideas be transformational, specific things that will propel Oklahoma City forward.
“As we consider how best to continue investing in our future, we want to have an inclusive conversation, and we want every voice to be heard,” said Mayor Holt. “It is time to talk about MAPS 4. It is time to dream big again.”
You can also submit your ideas on social media using the hashtag #ideas4maps or by mailing a letter to Mayor David Holt, Attn: MAPS 4, 200 N Walker Ave. 3rd floor, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.
“MAPS has changed our city forever, and we have the opportunity, perhaps even the obligation, to continue building a city that our kids will want to call home,” said Mayor Holt. “We have the opportunity to continue our city’s momentum and ensure that it is felt by all. And because of the powerful idea called MAPS, we can do it without raising taxes.”
The Better Streets, Safer City temporary one cent sales tax that is helping to fund nearly $800 million in street repairs expires at the end of March 2020. To adopt a potential MAPS 4 plan and not increase Oklahoma City’s sales tax rate, voters would have to consider a package in late 2019.
“We only get this opportunity every 10 years or so. This is an exciting opportunity in front of us.” - Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt
A new MAPS program 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 began in 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.
Watch Mayor Holt’s kickoff video at ideas4maps.com for more guidance, background and inspiration.