OKC residents vote YES for a safer, better Oklahoma City
On Sept 12, residents of Oklahoma City voted to invest $1.2 billion in a safer, better Oklahoma City. Comprised of a general election bond package and two sales tax proposals, the approved ballot items will invest $847 million in rebuilding and improving Oklahoma City’s streets, hire 129 more police officers and 57 more firefighters, and improve overall quality of life and city infrastructure by investing in parks, libraries, transit, economic development and more. Efforts to pass the bond and sales tax proposals were driven by the Chamber-led Coalition for a Better OKC.
“By approving all 15 ballot items, Oklahoma City residents proved that they want to continue Oklahoma City’s momentum and ensure its success,” said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, chair of the Coalition for a Better OKC. “The general obligation bond and sales tax proposals will have a significant impact on both the condition of Oklahoma City’s roads and the safety of residents.”
Oklahoma City’s average property tax rate will remain unchanged at 16 mills. As of Jan. 1, the new overall sales tax for Oklahoma City will be 8.625 percent, below the state average of 8.86 percent. The temporary penny sales tax extension takes effect Jan. 1, the day after the MAPS 3 penny sales tax expires on Dec. 31.
“Our success at the polls would not have been possible without the members of the coalition, and most importantly, the Oklahoma City residents who voted yes on all 15 ballot items,” said former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick, who also co-chaired the coalition. “Thank you to everyone who made this $1.2 billion investment possible. Your dedication to Oklahoma City will continue to reap benefits for generations to come.”