Projects Adopted By Voters
City voters overwhelmingly passed the MAPS 4 proposal by landslide proportions. More than 70 percent of voters voted “yes” on the 16-project measure on Tuesday’s special election ballot, saying they wanted to continue “moving Oklahoma City forward,” to use the words of the campaign for approval, MAPS4 will go into effect in April as the penny sales tax that financed MAPS 3 expires. Voters said they wanted to continue the penny sales tax that will finance the MAPS 4 projects over an eight-year period. That penny sales tax first financed MAPS, then MAPS 2 and then MAPS 3. Tuesday’s margin of victory was higher than that received by any other Metropolitan Area Projects proposal. “We’ve never been this united on a sales tax vote before,” Mayor David Holt said. “None of them have hit 70 percent. Efforts to get voters to approve MAPS and MAPS 2 had been led by Mayor Ronald J. Norick and the campaign to get voter’s approval of MAPS 3 was led by Mayor Mick Cornett. “So, it is a strong statement because our city–which has a lot of political diversity, a lot of geographic diversity– has every reason in the world to find reasons that we are different,” Mayor Holt continued, obviously elated as final results came on Tuesday night.“But we set all that aside in this election, found common purpose and really had about as broad a consensus as you can hope for in politics, especially current American politics, about where our city needs to go.”The MAPS 4 projects will cost approximately $978 million. Construction debts are reduced because each project begins after the tax brings insufficient funds. That will reduce operating costs for projects upon completion, city officials explained. The MAPS 4 tax will replace the Better Streets, Safer City temporary tax.