Oklahoma City Council sets March 3 election on parks initiative
Oklahoma City voters will decide March 3 whether to increase the sales tax by an eighth-of-a-cent with proceeds dedicated to park programs and improvements.
The Oklahoma City Council set the date at Tuesday’s meeting.
A one-eighth-cent sales tax would bring in $1.1 million to $1.2 million per month, an increase of a third or more in the parks and recreation budget.
The proposed dedicated fund is analogous to the one-eighth cent voter-approved sales tax that helps to fund the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Former Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid led an initiative drive for the measure. Petition signatures were turned in Dec. 2 and verified Friday.
Shadid needed 6,499 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
If approved by voters, the sales tax rate would increase to 8.75% overall. The state takes 4.5%; the city's share would increase to 4.25%.
The last time voters raised Oklahoma City's sales tax rate was September 2017, when they approved a quarter-cent increase for public safety.
Former Ward 4 Councilman Pete White thanked the council for getting the parks question to the ballot quickly. Advocates have about 75 days to organize a campaign and persuade voters to adopt the measure.