Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said there was never a question whether the city would include a citizen oversight board as part of MAPS 3. Such a group is included in the documents passed by the city calling for the MAPS 3 election, which will be Dec. 8.
When the original Metropolitan Area Projects won voter approval in 1993, the concept of a citizen oversight panel was new. City leaders pitched the idea as another layer of supervision over the $363 million raised by the 1-cent sales tax. Southside resident Carl Sullivan was one of the 21 members of the MAPS oversight board. "Having people who have no ax to grind and no way to benefit from the outcome to just look at the way to do things, I think that’s a benefit,” Sullivan said. The concept worked so well for MAPS, council members adapted it for MAPS for Kids and included a citizen oversight panel when voters approved a tax to fund renovations at the Ford Center last year. In each case, members of the committee were appointed and not paid for their time. Although the makeup and design of the committee isn’t spelled out in the MAPS 3 ballot or supporting documents, Cornett said it will resemble previous citizen oversight committees, which have evolved over the years. Ongoing coverage: MAPS 3