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Oklahoma City Council OKs $978 million MAPS 4 proposal, sets Dec. 10 vote

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MAPS 4 shifts from big projects to human needs

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved sending MAPS 4 to voters, agreeing to a pivot from pricey downtown building projects to neighborhood revitalization and efforts to better meet the needs of residents threatened by mental illness, addiction and homelessness.

Where about 12% of the MAPS 3 budget was allocated to neighborhoods, Mayor David Holt said 70% of the estimated $978 million to be raised by MAPS 4 is earmarked for neighborhoods and "human needs," from parks to a new home for a center dedicated to reducing the incidence of domestic violence.

The council voted to call an election Dec. 10.

If voters agree, the 1-cent MAPS sales tax would be extended for eight years beginning April 1, 2020. Oklahoma City's 4.125-cent sales tax rate would remain unchanged.

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