The success and vibrancy that OKC enjoys today didn’t happen overnight. In fact, voters set the wheels in motion more than two decades ago when they voted for the original MAPS projects on Dec. 14, 1993. Since that time, residents have come to enjoy the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Chickasaw Bricktown Ball Park, Oklahoma River, Bricktown Canal and numerous other cultural offerings.
Since the approval of the original MAPS initiative, Oklahoma City has seen more than $5 billion in new public and private investment throughout the city. But the energy, momentum and pride these projects have added to our city are unmeasurable.
In fact, the original MAPS projects were so successful – and the results so undeniable – that voters have since approved similar limited-term MAPS sales taxes time and time again. MAPS for Kids funded school improvements and renovations at each and every school in the OKC metro and MAPS 3 is currently changing the dynamic of OKC once again.
The success of MAPS has representatives from cities all over the country flocking to OKC to mimic this success in their own area. Each and every one of the projects have been built debt free (using only the one cent dedicated sales tax), and each sales tax has had a term limit.
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