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  • Pandemic behind proposed city budget cuts

    Pandemic behind proposed city budget cuts By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Yesterday

    Oklahoma City will try to minimize layoffs while cutting jobs in the upcoming fiscal year to make up for the COVID-19 pandemic's battering of government revenue. Budget Director Doug Dowler went over the proposed 2020-21 budget Tuesday with the city council. Public budget hearings will...

  • Oklahoma City Council considers police, fire cuts

    Oklahoma City Council considers police, fire cuts By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2020

    Larry McAtee says budget-cutting comes down to needs and wants. Prioritize needs, says the Ward 3 councilman and public safety hawk, and save wants for a brighter tomorrow. COVID-19's impact on public safety will be central to the city council's review starting Tuesday of City Manager...

  • OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 25, 2020

    OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 25, 2020 Updated: Mon, May 25, 2020

    Quote of the week "Since the south side has historically had so little representation, I was interested in recommending someone who would be able to facilitate conversations and planning for MAPS 4 with all our neighborhoods but especially with our south side neighborhoods and parks." —...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Individual, small-business relief proposed

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Individual,... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2020

    City Manager Craig Freeman will propose Tuesday that the city council add $5 million to the small-business COVID-19 relief fund, nearly doubling available aid, and authorize grants for individuals struggling to pay rent and other bills. Freeman also will seek authority to direct $30 million...

  • Diversion Hub to open June 8, help clients navigate criminal justice system

    Diversion Hub to open June 8, help clients... By Kayla Branch
    Staff writer kbranch@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2020

    On June 8, Oklahoma City’s Diversion Hub will begin offering services to those navigating the criminal justice system. Located at 220 NW 10, the Diversion Hub will be a one-stop-shop of agencies offering justice navigation, housing assistance and employment services. In the coming weeks,...

  • MAPS 4 citizens advisory board named

    MAPS 4 citizens advisory board named By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2020

    Teresa Rose Crook, executive director of the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, will lead the volunteer MAPS 4 Citizens Advisory Board. Mayor David Holt announced his appointments to the 11-member board on Thursday. The city council votes Tuesday to affirm the choices. Rose Crook said she...

  • OKC municipal pools could get budget reprieve

    OKC municipal pools could get budget reprieve By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2020

    Once proposed for cuts, the aquatics centers at Earlywine and Will Rogers parks could still open this summer but not before July 1. Closing Oklahoma City's aquatics parks was an option as the Parks Department sought $2.5 million in pandemic-related savings for 2020-21. With the economy...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City offices remain mostly closed to public

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City offices remain... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2020

    City government's downtown buildings, including City Hall, will remain mostly closed to the public as executives institute a phased plan for returning employees to their offices amid the uncertainty of the path the COVID-19 pandemic will take. "The pandemic is far from over," City Manager...

  • Cash held by Oklahoma City police is missing, audit finds

    Cash held by Oklahoma City police is missing,... By William Crum
    Staff writer
    wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2020

    An Oklahoma City Police Department office that handles millions of dollars in cash lacked adequate controls to prevent theft, failed to make timely dispositions of currency and was unable to account for $27,000, an audit determined. The report released last week by City Auditor Jim...

  • OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 18, 2020

    OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 18, 2020 By William Crum
    Staff writer
    wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2020

    'Billion-dollar stimulus' MAPS 4 generated an estimated $3.3 million in revenue in the first two weeks after the 1-cent sales tax took effect April 1. With the transfer of $9 million from MAPS 3 to MAPS 4 to hasten design of the new Fairgrounds Coliseum, the official projected MAPS 4 budget...

  • Olympic trials will be back in OKC in 2021

    Olympic trials will be back in OKC in 2021 By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2020

    Olympic competition is returning to Oklahoma City in 2021, and 2020 MAPS 3 whitewater park activities are shifting into high gear in the coming week. The U.S. Olympic whitewater trials have been rescheduled for Riversport Rapids after being postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and...

  • OK to return to bars, playgrounds, mayor says

    OK to return to bars, playgrounds, mayor says By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2020

    Mayor David Holt has released Oklahoma City's latest COVID-19 emergency order, allowing bars to reopen and lifting the 10-person limit on social gatherings effective Friday. The "Phase 2" reopening order applies the rules on indoor restaurant dining to bars, requiring sanitizing, 6-foot...

  • OKC official stresses COVID-19 testing and tracing

    OKC official stresses COVID-19 testing and tracing By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2020

    Testing and contact tracing will be essential in managing COVID-19 as the pandemic unfolds, Oklahoma City's emergency management director said Tuesday. Frank Barnes referenced a study by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota laying out...

  • OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 11, 2020

    OKC Civic  Life for Monday, May 11, 2020 Updated: Mon, May 11, 2020

    Sales tax falls Sales tax results document the beating retail took as COVID-19 emergency orders took effect in mid-March. Collections for the last two weeks of March and first two weeks of April were down 16% from the same time last year. Sales tax is Oklahoma City's single-largest revenue...

  • OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 4, 2020

    Updated: Mon, May 4, 2020

    Convention center delay Coronavirus-related issues have added 14 days to the MAPS 3 convention center construction schedule, as construction managers encounter limited instances in which alternatives are needed for specified fixtures and equipment. Last month, the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory...

  • Mayor urges caution as emergency orders are relaxed

    Mayor urges caution as emergency orders are... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Sat, May 2, 2020

    Mayor David Holt urged caution Friday as Oklahoma City began relaxing COVID-19 emergency orders. "Today is the start of a new phase but not a time to let our guard down," Holt said at Friday’s media briefing. The mayor, who is married and has two young children, said he has he had mostly...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Mayor revises OKC emergency orders effective Friday

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Mayor revises OKC... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2020

    Social gatherings of 10 or more people are still prohibited in Oklahoma City under revised COVID-19 emergency orders taking effect Friday. Mayor David Holt issued a new emergency proclamation late Wednesday. Restaurants are free to open for inside dining as long as tables are six feet apart...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Overdue utility bills stacking up in OKC

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Overdue utility bills... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2020

    The good news is Oklahoma City has abundant water this spring. The bad news is an alarming and growing number of residents can't afford to pay for it. The number of overdue utility accounts has soared in the past six weeks, from an average of 300 before the COVID-19 pandemic to nearly...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: $20M sought from small-business relief fund

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: $20M sought from... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2020

    Applications for Oklahoma City's small-business relief fund show there is "obviously … a need out there," an economic development leader told the city council Tuesday. Cathy O'Connor, president and CEO of the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, said businesses have applied for...

  • OKC Civic Life Journal: COVID-19 relief dollars finding their way into Oklahoma City

    OKC Civic Life Journal: COVID-19 relief dollars... By William Crum | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2020

    COVID-19 dominates municipal news.

  • OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 27, 2020

    Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2020

    They said it "We definitely need money." — Dr. Patrick McGough, executive director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, in response to a question about adequacy of coronavirus testing. Authorities are relying on White House "gating criteria" to guide decision-making on reopening...

  • Outlook 2020: 'I hope my journey helps your journey,' Martinez-Brooks says

    Outlook 2020: \'I hope my journey helps your... Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2020

    Name: Jessica Martinez-Brooks, 43, interim Diversity and Inclusion Advocate, Oklahoma City University. Career Highlights: "At Oklahoma City Community College, I worked with adults needing basic education services such as GED and English as a second language. At the same time, I worked with...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City to ease 'shelter-in-place' starting May 1

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City to ease... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2020

    Mayor David Holt's intent is to let Oklahoma City's shelter-in-place emergency order expire May 1 but conditions for reopening businesses such as mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing, to be announced later, will be requirements — not "suggestions." Holt acknowledged the pressure...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Air travel near standstill

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Air travel near... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2020

    If you were anticipating the shiny new signs to go with the shiny new roadway at Will Rogers World Airport, you'll have to wait. Terminal Drive reconstruction is wrapping up on time next month, after eight months of detours and shifting traffic lanes. But you won't be seeing the $4.2 million...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Riversport gets stimulus funds

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Riversport gets... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2020

    The Riversport Foundation, Oklahoma City's operating partner for the MAPS 3 whitewater park, has received $750,000 in federal stimulus funds, the foundation's executive director, Mike Knopp, said Tuesday. The cash will keep the foundation, formerly the Boathouse Foundation, afloat as it...

  • OKC to reduce spending against revenue shortfall

    OKC to reduce spending against revenue shortfall By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2020

    Oklahoma City is reducing general fund spending for fiscal 2021, with police and fire ordered to cut 3.3% from their adjusted base and other departments 11.25%, a significant reduction from previously announced rollbacks. No furloughs are planned and few, if any, layoffs anticipated, Doug...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City instituting budget reductions for fiscal 2021

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City... By William Crum | Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2020

    Sales tax is expected to lag for some time as the economy works its way back to pre-pandemic levels of activity.

  • OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 20, 2020

    OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 20, 2020 Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2020

    Court upholds zoning The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals affirmed the Oklahoma City Council’s decision to rezone property at NE 122 and Eastern Avenue for an office and commercial development that was to include an upscale movie theater. The appeals court upheld an Oklahoma County trial...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Mayor says public health advisory group to analyze proposed standards for lifting restrictions

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Mayor says public... By William Crum | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2020

    Mayor David Holt makes remarks at weekly coronavirus briefing.

  • Outlook 2020: For Susan Chambers, success took hard work, taking risks

    Outlook 2020: For Susan Chambers, success took... Updated: Sun, Apr 19, 2020

    Name: Dr. Susan Louise Chambers, 63, co-founder of Lakeside Women's Hospital and chair of the World Neighbors Board of Trustees. Career highlights and community impact: In 1987, co-founded of Oklahoma City Gynecology and Obstetrics, the first all-female OB/Gyn private practice group in...




MAPS 3 Timeline (PDF)



MAPS: The Vote


MAPS 3

Election Day: Dec. 8, 2009
Who voted: 75,421 Oklahoma City residents
The result: The sales tax initiative passed with 54 percent of the vote.
The ballot: The proposal included eight projects, and voting yes or no meant the voter was voting for or against all of them at once.

MAPS

Election Day: Dec. 14, 1993
Who voted: 60,129 Oklahoma City residents
The result: The sales tax initiative passed with about 54 percent of the vote.
The ballot: The proposal included nine projects. Much like the MAPS 3 ballot, a yes vote was for all the projects, while a no vote was against all the projects.

MAPS for KIDS

Election day: Nov. 13, 2001
Who voted: 60,855 Oklahoma City residents voted on the sales tax initiative, and 34,318 residents within the Oklahoma City Public School District voted on the bond issue.
The result: The sales tax initiative and bond issue passed, with each getting about 61 percent of the vote.
The ballot: The proposal included closure of 21 schools, seven new schools, at least $1 million in renovations at every other school, academic reforms and money for neighboring school districts.