What was the first MAPS?Metropolitan Area Projects was a pitch by city leaders for a variety of public projects to boost economic development and quality of life in Oklahoma City. Passed: 1993 Tax: A 1-cent sales tax over five years. Voters approved a six-month extension to the tax in 1998 to finish off the projects. Money raised: $363 million Projects included: The Ford Center, AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, Bricktown Canal, Oklahoma River improvements, downtown trolleys, renovation of the Cox Convention Center, renovation of the Civic Center Music Hall, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and State Fair Park improvements.
What is MAPS for Kids?The follow-up to MAPS was Metropolitan Area Public Schools, a proposal to radically improve schools within Oklahoma City limits. Passed: 2001 Tax: A 1-cent sales tax for seven years and a school bond issue. Money raised: $714 million Projects included: Work is ongoing. Every school in the Oklahoma City district will either be rebuilt or renovated when the project is complete. Suburban districts located at least partially within Oklahoma City limits also received money from MAPS for Kids, which went for capital projects.