Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Campaign Co-Chair Percy Kirk today announced the formation of the “Love Your OKC Coalition.” The Coalition will campaign in support of the upcoming MAPS 4 initiative to be voted on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019.
The Love Your OKC Coalition is chaired by Mayor Holt and co-chaired by Kirk. In just a short time a broad range of more than 30 local organizations and civic groups have voiced their support for MAPS 4 and the coalition. Coalition supporters to date include Automobile Alley Association, Black Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Oklahoma City, Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County, Bricktown Association, Central Oklahoma Youth Lacrosse, Downtown OKC, Rand Elliot Architects, Endurance Girls’ Lacrosse, Energy FC, Fraternal Order of Police – Oklahoma City, Freedom Center, FSB Architects and Engineers, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Halff Associates, The Homeless Alliance, Latino Community Development Agency, Midtown Association, NAACP, Neighborhood Alliance, Inc., North OKC Soccer Club, Northwest OKC Chamber, Oklahoma Bicycle Society, Oklahoma City Beautiful, Oklahoma City Firefighters Local 157, OKC Lacrosse Club, OKC Fairgrounds, Oklahoma Youth Expo, Painted Door Boutique, Pivot, Inc., Positive Tomorrows, Score OKC, Social Order Dining Collective, and Special Olympics Oklahoma.
“MAPS 4 unleashes the power of MAPS into our neighborhoods and into our daily lives, while increasing our quality of life and growing our economy,” said Mayor Holt. “This package meets a broad spectrum of needs and is an amazing opportunity to propel our city forward, continue our momentum, and extend our renaissance to all residents.”
After months of community meetings, idea presentations, website, email and social media suggestions and more, the conversation about what MAPS 4 might look like eventually centered around 16 projects that meet four main identified needs: neighborhood needs, human needs, quality of life and jobs.
The proposed temporary one-cent sales tax will generate $978 million and keep the city’s tax rate unchanged. MAPS 4 would begin April 2020 when the Better Streets, Safer City temporary sales tax expires.
“Previous MAPS programs have been called some of the most successful and innovative tools ever developed by a city,” said Kirk “We have seen MAPS strengthen Oklahoma City and create an environment of growth. MAPS 4 will keep the momentum going and extend the scope of community enhancements and capital projects.”
Similar to previous MAPS programs, a Citizen Advisory Board will provide oversight for the implementation of MAPS 4, with the board having a similar structure as the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board.
Voters can get involved, find more information and make a donation to the “Love Your OKC” campaign at www.LoveYourOKC.com.