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  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC mayor extends emergency through April 30

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC mayor extends... By William Crum | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Mayor to hold news conference with Health Department director Friday.

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stay off swings, slides, OKC says

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stay off swings,... By William Crum
    Staff writer
    wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Oklahoma City doubled down on emergency orders to keep off playground equipment, citing multiple reports of residents ignoring the warnings and even tearing down warning signs. Public health advisories caution coronavirus can persist for lengthy periods on hard surfaces, increasing risk of...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKCFD short of masks, other gear

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKCFD short of masks,... By William Crum and Carmen Forman
    Staff writers |
    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Oklahoma City firefighters are using sophisticated breathing apparatus on medical calls due to a shortage of common safety masks. "We are running low on PPE," or personal protective equipment, said Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson. And as they grapple with dwindling supplies, firefighters are...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stay off slides, swings, OKC says

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stay off slides,... By William Crum | Yesterday

    City is receiving calls about orders being ignored and warning signs removed -- call police to report violations.

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKCFD disinfecting fire houses, taking other precautions against spread

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKCFD disinfecting... By William Crum | Yesterday

    Oklahoma City firefighters are front-line medical responders, answering 60,000 calls annually.

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Council approves $5.5 million in small-business relief

    By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Yesterday

    The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved $5.5 million in assistance to help small businesses weather the coronavirus crisis. While the package was praised as a life preserver, Cathy O'Connor of the Alliance for the Economic Development of Oklahoma City predicted it would come in for...

  • MAPS 4 begins with sales tax collections for 8-year, $978 million capital improvements program

    MAPS 4 begins with sales tax collections for... By William Crum | Updated: Tue, Mar 31, 2020

    Projects range widely from arenas to placemaking to social issues.

  • OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 30, 2020

    OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 30, 2020 Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2020

    MAPS 4 begins MAPS 4 sales tax collections begin Wednesday after the Better Streets Safer City sales tax, approved by voters in 2017, expires. The 1-cent MAPS 4 sales tax is expected to raise $978 million over eight years for a new OKC Fairgrounds Coliseum, arena renovations, affordable...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Council to vote on small-business relief proposal

    By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2020

    The Oklahoma City Council will consider a $5.5 million relief package for small businesses hardest hit by interruptions due to the coronavirus crisis. Funding for COVID-19 business assistance would come from voter-approved economic development bonds. Included are cash incentives, forgivable...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Camps help city employees stay on the job

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Camps help city... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2020

    Day camps for school-age children are helping city of Oklahoma City employees stay on the job. With schools closed during the coronavirus crisis, the Parks and Recreation Department opened camps this week at five recreation centers. Camps offer games, outdoor and health and wellness...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC issues revised emergency declaration

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC issues revised... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2020

    Oklahoma City on Wednesday issued the latest revision of Mayor David Holt's coronavirus emergency declaration, extending prohibitions for four days, to April 16, and directing that salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and similar businesses close. The latest orders were to take effect...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City mayor commends state order that, while limited, broadens metro-area restrictions

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City mayor... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2020

    Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt on Tuesday commended Gov. Kevin Stitt for an order that closes "non-essential" businesses and limits restaurants to take-out across the metro area, steps Oklahoma City mostly took a week ago but which were not uniformly followed by other metro-area cities....

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City warns against flushing wipes

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City warns against... By William Crum
    Staff writer
    wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2020

    Oklahoma City says all those wipes being used to disinfect surfaces are trouble waiting to happen if they are flushed down the toilet. Wipes are woven from fibers that are treated with chemicals so they do not break down in water the way toilet paper does. Flushing them will clog household...

  • OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 23, 2020

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2020

    Coronavirus: Masks concern firefighters Deputy Chief of Operations Mike Walker of the Oklahoma City Fire Department said over the weekend that firefighters currently have an adequate supply of N95 masks, those close-fitting masks with the metal strip over the nose, as well as gloves and eye...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: How to cope with the 'new normal'

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: How to cope with the... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2020

    "New normal" can be less ominous than it sounds, if we let it be. A week after the novel coronavirus' abrupt intrusion on Oklahoma City, therapists said staying connected and focusing on things we can control helps us cope. "Remembering what we can do can be very helpful in alleviating some...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Nonprofits won't be left behind by Congress, Lankford says

    By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2020

    Sen. James Lankford assured nonprofit leaders Friday that stimulus measures include provisions to keep them afloat through the coronavirus crisis. Lauding nonprofits' work as "exceptionally important" to the nation's efforts to limit the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oklahoma...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Nonprofits navigate unknown territory

    By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2020

    Needed now more than ever, many Oklahoma City nonprofits are in a bind. Coronavirus has interrupted the spring calendar, a "hugely important" time between icy January weather and May graduations when major social events raise millions for charity. For those whose favorite events may be...

  • OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 16, 2020

    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2020

    Water shutoff policies may be adjusted Oklahoma City is working on policy changes to help residential water customers retain water service throughout the coronavirus crisis. The Utilities Department reported cutoffs for nonpayment in 2019 affected an estimated 6.9% of the 211,000-customer...

  • Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City 'paying close attention' to coronavirus developments

    Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City \'paying close... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2020

    Mayor David Holt on Thursday encouraged Oklahoma City residents to be proactive in adopting habits to limit the spread of coronavirus. While "you can’t keep a virus from entering your community any more than you can keep a tornado out," he said, good individual decision-making makes a...

  • Budget managers monitor coronavirus as Oklahoma City sales tax gains

    Budget managers monitor coronavirus as Oklahoma... By William Crum | Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2020

    Coronavirus has the attention of City Hall executives.

  • OKC Civic Life Journal: Would police cuts betray voters' trust?

    OKC Civic Life Journal: Would police cuts... By William Crum | Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2020

    Catching up on Oklahoma City news.

  • OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 9, 2020

    OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 9, 2020 Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2020

    Q&A: Census OKC begins The 2020 U.S. Census begins contacting Oklahoma City residents this week. Here's what to know: What is the census? The 2020 Census is a count of every person in the United States and its territories regardless of their citizenship, nationality or living...

  • OKC parks tax fails

    OKC parks tax fails By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2020

    Oklahoma City voters rejected a citizens' initiative for a dedicated parks sales tax Tuesday, largely on the strength of voters' opposition in Cleveland and Canadian counties. With all precincts reporting, the measure failed 56,269 votes to 50,288. The loss was a blow to former Ward 2...

  • Voters decide Tuesday on parks initiative

    Voters decide Tuesday on parks initiative By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2020

    Five times in the past, Oklahoma City voters have approved citizens' initiatives. On Tuesday, voters could approve a sixth. Voters are deciding Tuesday on a one-eighth cent sales tax dedicated to parks. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Should it pass, the city's Parks and Recreation...

  • OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 2, 2020

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2020

    Parks vote Tuesday Advocates say a dedicated sales tax would benefit neighborhood parks throughout Oklahoma City. A citizens' initiative proposing a one-eighth cent sales tax that would raise around $13 million annually for parks is on Tuesday's ballot. Parks Director Doug Kupper says the...

  • Oklahoma City voters to decide parks initiative

    Oklahoma City voters to decide parks initiative By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2020

    Sparrow Park in near-northwest Oklahoma City has a few pieces of playground equipment, a faux Route 66 picnic shelter, a walking path and benches, and a few trees. On a winter afternoon, wood smoke is in the air and someone plays with a couple of dogs. Otherwise Sparrow Park is bereft. If...

  • Coliseum could get MAPS 3 boost

    Coliseum could get MAPS 3 boost By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Fri, Feb 28, 2020

    The MAPS 4 fairgrounds coliseum is in line to receive $9 million from MAPS 3. The MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board on Tuesday sent to the city council its final recommendations for spending leftover MAPS 3 sales tax revenue. The first item on the list is $9 million toward building a coliseum...

  • Oklahoma City charter review committee studies election requirements, state law

    By William Crum
    Staff writer
    wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Thu, Feb 27, 2020

    A charter review committee named by Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt has begun its work with a review of qualifications to hold elective office. The seven-member committee held its first working meeting Tuesday. Among the proposals suggested by city legal and elections officers to align the...

  • Holt focuses 2020 State of the City speech on idea of 'collaborative conversation' to improve public schools

    Holt focuses 2020 State of the City speech on... By William Crum
    Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com |
    Updated: Thu, Feb 27, 2020

    Mayor David Holt said Wednesday he would be gathering city, business, educational and philanthropic leaders together with the goal of producing a "unified vision" for public education in Oklahoma City. "I recognize that an attractive public education system is critical to our city's success,"...

  • Mayor envisions 'unified vision' to move Oklahoma City public education forward

    Mayor envisions \'unified vision\' to move... By William Crum | Updated: Wed, Feb 26, 2020

    Mayor's annual speech includes remembrance of April 19, 1995, Murrah building bombing as 25th anniversary approaches.




MAPS 3 Timeline (PDF)



MAPS: The Vote


MAPS 3

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.

MAPS

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.

MAPS for KIDS

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.