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. Read more ...

History of MAPS

Information compiled by John Estus and Michael Kimball, The Oklahoman

Maps 3 articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

  • Oklahoma City school district makes bid on bank building to house offices

    Updated: Tue, Mar 4, 2014

    The former Central National Bank building at 615 N Classen is being considered as the new home for the Oklahoma City Public Schools administrative offices.

  • Exhibit uses art to portray Oklahoma City's transformation through MAPS

    Updated: Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    The event, at Individual Artists Gallery, begins Friday and is staged as a celebration of the original vote on the Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS).

  • Original MAPS initiative paying off big 20 years later

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Updated: Mon, Dec 16, 2013

    A canal runs through it. So does a river. A professional baseball team plays games in the heart of the city. So does a professional basketball team. A library lets in not only the light of knowledge but the sunlight, unlike at the facility it replaced. MAPS made all of this possible and...

  • MAPS Turns 20 -- NewsOK has a page for it

    BY ALAN HERZBERGER | Updated: Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    Subscribers to The Oklahoman got something extra in the newspaper last Sunday. December marks the 20th anniversary of the original MAPS vote. It happened on Dec. 14, 1993. I remember the vote well. It was my first year in the Oklahoma City metro area.

  • OKC: A city transformed

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 2, 2013

    Twenty years ago, Oklahoma City voters chose to tax themselves to make their hometown a better place.

  • The original MAPS package

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER | Updated: Mon, Dec 2, 2013

    What voters were told would be accomplished with their tax dollars.

  • Investments from MAPS

    Updated: Mon, Dec 2, 2013

    Totaling up private and public money spent on development in the post-MAPS era.


MAPS 3 Timeline (PDF)

MAPS: The Vote


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.


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.


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.