MAPS 4 package now heads to voters A fter hours of discussion and a year of public comment, the Oklahoma City Council unanimously approved letting voters decide on the MAPS 4 proposal in a special election on Dec. 10. The measure would extend the 1-cent MAPS sales tax for eight years starting April 1, 2020, and will raise an estimated $978 million.
because those projects really cover a broad spectrum of needs in our city,” Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said during a press conference. “I would characterize those as falling into four buckets: neighborhood needs, human needs, quality of life and jobs.” Holt said the human and neighborhood needs make up more than 70 percent of the MAPS 4 package. Holt said MAPS has always been a compromise and an attempt to meet a lot of different priorities in the city. “This package addresses many of the needs in our city and sends a great message that Oklahoma City residents care about our neighbors,” Williams added. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and a broad coalition from across the community will join together to conduct the MAPS 4 campaign heading into the December election. MAPS 4 would fund 16 projects, including improvements in parks, transit, sidewalks, senior wellness and youth centers, mental health and domestic
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber President and CEO Roy Williams said the package of projects is the right combination of what the city needs to keep moving forward. “When Mayor David Holt asked the residents to dream big, they certainly did. Now we have a package of incredible projects that will improve the lives of everyone in this city and ultimately the region,” he said. Williams said he was very appreciative of the council taking the time to listen to the supporters’ concerns and hear the needs in our community. “We have the resources to do all the things that were formally presented this summer, and that’s a great thing
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