Oklahoma City’s voters delivered a message at the polls on Dec. 10 that will keep the 20-plus year momentum of OKC’s reinvention rolling. The latest installment of a penny sales tax for strategic investment passed by a landslide. The city’s MAPS 4 package received 71.7 percent of the vote, making it the most popular of all MAPS programs.
The original MAPS passed in 1993 with 54.6 percent support.
The Chamber and other members of the Love Your OKC Coalition watched the results come in on Tuesday night with Mayor David Holt and other city leaders. There was confetti, fireworks and barbecue, all inside The Yale Theater in the Historic Capitol Hill neighborhood.
“Tonight we have the largest percentage of support in Oklahoma City,” said Holt when the victory was declared. “This is not just a victory. This is a mandate in precedent. We have never been as united as one Oklahoma City.”
The MAPS 4 tax will replace the Better Streets, Safer City temporary tax, which is set to expire at the end of March. Since MAPS 4 will be taxed at the same rate, you’ll see no change in taxes at the register. Only the use of the funds collected by the 1-cent portion of sales taxes will change, starting April 1.