Dec 16th 2019 | Posted in Opportunities by Government Contracting Pipeline

Oklahoma – Voters approved the MAPS 4 sales tax proposition by more than 71 percent on December 10 that will fund 16 public improvement projects in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City downtown OKC voters approve $978M public improvement program

Downtown Oklahoma City

MAPS, which was first known as the Metropolitan Area Projects, is funded by a temporary penny sales tax that is expected to raise $978 million over the next eight years.

The MAPS 4 projects are:

  • Park enhancements – $140 million for park system improvements;
  • Chesapeake Energy Area – $115 million for capital maintenance and fan and vendor upgrades;
  • Youth centers – $110 million to build four new youth centers;
  • Transit – $87 million for advanced transit, bus purchases, signal prioritization, bus stop upgrades, land acquisition, and future planning;
  • Sidewalks, bike lanes, trails, and streetlights – $87 million for these improvements;
  • Innovation District – $71 million to support this district including $15 million to fund the construction of a small business development center, $25 million to improve connectivity in and around the district, and $10 million to create an “Innovation Hall”;
  • Fairgrounds Coliseum – $63 million to build a new arena with $25 million in supplemental funding from hotel occupancy tax revenues;
  • Affordable housing – $50 million for projects that help reduce homelessness;
  • Mental health and addiction – $40 million including $22 million to build a new restoration center, $11 million to build two new health crisis centers, and $7 million to fund temporary crisis housing;
  • Animal shelter – $38 million to build a main animal shelter to replace the city’s current facility;
  • Family justice center – $38 million to support the construction of a permanent facility to be operated by a nonprofit. The program was originally created by the Oklahoma City Police Department;
  • Multipurpose stadium – $37 million for a venue to host professional and high school soccer, concerts, and other events;
  • Beautification – $30 million to improve entrance gateways, airport approaches, pedestrian bridges, and roadway landscaping in addition to at least $1 million for new trees;
  • Senior health and wellness – $30 million to build a new senior wellness center and $15 million for an operating fund for scholarships to enable low-income seniors to use the MAPS senior centers;
  • Freedom Center and Clara Luper Civil Rights Center – $25 million to renovate the city’s Freedom Center and construct the civil rights center; and,
  • Diversion hub – $17 million to create a diversion hub to relieve pressure on the Oklahoma County jail and work with low-level offenders.

The MAPS 4 program will be overseen by a volunteer advisory board that makes recommendations to the Oklahoma City Council, which has final oversight.