Wednesday, September 6, 2017
OKLAHOMA City voters will vote next Tuesday on an extension of the MAPS sales tax, a 10-year bond package, and a new quarter-penny sales tax intended to bolster the police and fire departments. The Oklahoman encourages “yes” votes across the board.
In answering city surveys, residents consistently place street conditions at the top of their list of concerns, and note their desire for adequate public safety. The MAPS extension and the new sales tax go directly toward those two concerns.
The current MAPS 3 sales tax expires Dec. 31. Extending the tax for 27 months will produce an estimated $240 million for street resurfacing and related improvements. When added to streets-related revenue included in the bond package for repairs, widening and other upgrades, the total is about $785 million over the next decade. Mayor Mick Cornett has said this will transform the city's streets into the best in America.