OKC VeloCity | Oklahoma City Council approves MAPS 4 package, special election to be Dec. 10

Oklahoma City Council approves MAPS 4 package, special election to be Dec. 10

By Staff Reports / Inside OKC / August 27, 2019

Mayor David Holt and the Oklahoma City Council approved an ambitious and unique MAPS 4 package for voters to consider in a special election on Dec. 10.   

“MAPS 4 is a broad package that meets many needs in our city – most notably in our neighborhoods and in our daily lives. It also enhances our quality of life and promises to diversify our economy,” said Mayor Holt. “I thank the people of Oklahoma City for their unique role in this process. This is really the MAPS that the people made. And I want to thank the Council for their hard work developing this vision for our future. I now look forward to the conversation with the people of Oklahoma City in the months ahead as we approach the December vote.”

The proposed MAPS 4 program includes all 16 of the projects that received a scheduled presentation during this summer’s special meetings. It 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.

The MAPS 4 temporary 1-cent sales tax would keep Oklahoma City’s sales tax rate unchanged. It would take effect April 1 when the Better Streets, Safer City temporary sales tax expires.

At its Tuesday meeting, the Council approved a resolution of intent that defines the MAPS 4 project list and budgets. The Council also introduced a call for the special election on Dec. 10, and an ordinance for the temporary sales tax that would take effect upon voter approval.

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:

Find more details, including Tuesday’s agenda items and more information about the projects, at okc.gov/maps4.

Budget numbers and other details in presentations and videos from this summer are different than those proposed in the MAPS 4 package. 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. 

More about MAPS 4

The temporary tax included in the Better Streets, Safer City program expires March 31. The proposed MAPS 4 temporary penny sales tax would take effect April 1 and keep the sales tax rate the same.

Including state sales tax, the overall sales tax rate in most of Oklahoma City is 8.625 percent. It’s 8.975 percent in Canadian County and 8.875 percent in Cleveland County because of county sales taxes.

Like previous MAPS programs, MAPS 4 will be subject to voter approval and have oversight from the City Council and a volunteer advisory board.

The Council would have final authority on all projects, but delegate primary oversight to the advisory board. The Mayor and Council appoint Oklahoma City residents to serve on the board and its subcommittees.

MAPS programs use cash to fund debt-free, pay-as-you-go project lists. The first year or so of all MAPS programs involves long-term planning and early phases of project design while cash accumulates from the sales tax.

The volunteer advisory board and the Council work together on an implementation plan and timeline for the project list. By the time the sales tax expires, the money is accumulating interest and projects are well under way with planning in the final stages.

As an example, the MAPS 3 sales tax was collected from April 2010 to December 2017. MAPS 3 remains on budget, and the final project – the lower 30 acres of Scissortail Park – is scheduled to begin construction next year and open in 2022.

The MAPS 4 public input process began last fall when the Mayor and Council invited residents to share ideas for potential MAPS 4. Mayor Holt shared some of the ideas received as of early this year in his annual State of the City address.

In June, the Council called a series of special public meetings in July and August to hear presentations on some of the ideas. The Council is now considering the project list and the potential call for an election.

You can find more about the history of MAPS programs at okc.gov/maps3.

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 the MAPS 4 package.

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.

Visit the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website at ok.gov/elections to download a voter registration form or update your registration. Use the online voter tool to check your registration.

Voter registration forms are also available at your local county election board, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and other public locations.

Voters who have disabilities can find more information about voter assistance in Oklahoma at ok.gov/elections.

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.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the MAPS 4 election is 5 p.m. Dec. 4. Apply for an absentee ballot or download an absentee ballot request form at ok.gov/elections.

Overseas voters, including military members, can get more information about overseas absentee voting at ok.gov/elections.

Early voting for the MAPS 4 election is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at your local county election board:

Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at your usual polling location, which you can find using the online voter tool at ok.gov/elections or on your voter ID card.

 

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