Summary of Oklahoma City's MAPS for Kids, MAPS 3 projects

Later MAPS projects aimed to fix, improve new areas.
BY WILLIAM CRUM Staff Writer wcrum@opubco.com Modified: December 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm •  Published: December 8, 2013
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MAPS for Kids

Approved by voters Nov. 13, 2001, MAPS for Kids used the pay-as-you-go sales tax model to finance improvements for urban and suburban schools.

The budget included $470 million for Oklahoma City public schools' construction and renovation projects, $52 million for technology, $9 million for transportation, and $154 million for 23 suburban school districts.

Recent discussions centered on how to spend the final, unbudgeted $5 million.

MAPS 3

Approved by voters Dec. 8, 2009, the $777 million, 10-year building campaign centers on big projects downtown but includes trails, sidewalks and senior centers throughout the city. The 1-cent MAPS 3 sales tax is to expire in December 2017. Construction is expected to continue for several years after that. As of Sept. 30, the tax had raised $331.6 million, 5.7 percent ahead of projections.

Downtown park

Known as Core to Shore. About 70 acres linking downtown and the Oklahoma River. Advisory panel ready to approve the master plan. Earlier draft included cafe, lake, gardens, fountains and a grand lawn with room for 20,000 people.

• Budget: $130 million.

• Spent: $15.5 million.

Downtown streetcar

First phase is a 4.6-mile loop through downtown linking MidTown and Bricktown. Advisory panel recently reviewed maintenance facility plans. Operations begin in 2017. Future phases include link to Santa Fe Depot transit hub, potential extension to Oklahoma Health Center.

• Budget: $130 million.

• Spent: $1 million.

Downtown convention center

Seen as vital to attracting ever-larger conventions and promoting tourism. Biggest of MAPS 3 projects. Necessity of a convention center hotel is being studied.

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