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  • George: A chance to truly support police, protect OKC

    Oklahoma City has enjoyed a tremendous renaissance over the last 20 years. And it all came from community support.Because voters approved sales tax measures, including the MAPS projects, we now have a world-class riverfront, fantastic baseball stadium, improved fairgrounds, updated schools and many other attractions.Our community takes great pride in these new amenities and the economic growth they provide. Voters have shown they understand the importance of dedicated funding for things that mak...  Read More...

  • Tuesday, OKC votes on Mayor Cornett’s plan for the city’s future

    “I think back to the Capital Hill streetscape project on SW 25th Street and the streetscape project along Film Row,” Cornett said. “It hasn’t been that long ago that Film Row was one of the most regrettable places of Oklahoma City. Once the city did a facelift on the infrastructure, the private sector moved in and filled it out. Now, we have the 21c [Museum Hotel]. This is an example of a public-private partnership where we came in with new streets, sidewalks and curbing and there was an enormous reaction from the private sector.”  Read More...

  • OKC election slate merits voters' approval Sept. 12

    OKLAHOMA City voters will vote next Tuesday on an extension of the MAPS sales tax, a 10-year bond package, and a new quarter-penny sales tax intended to bolster the police and fire departments. The Oklahomanencourages “yes” votes across the board.In answering city surveys, residents consistently place street conditions at the top of their list of concerns, and note their desire for adequate public safety. The MAPS extension and the new sales tax go directly toward those two concerns.The current ...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma City Officials Campaign For 'Better Streets, Safer City'

    The Sept 12th bond election has been dubbed “Better Streets, Safer City” by Oklahoma City Officials. There are 15 different items that voters will decide on next Tuesday. There are 13 bond projects totaling $967 million. Along with that, a quarter of a penny sales tax increase will provide 129 more police officers and 57 firefighters if approved. Voters will also decide on a MAPS penny sale tax extension that will provide another $240 million for roads. Potentially $847 million will be spe...  Read More...

  • O’Connor: Say yes to better streets, safer city

    On Sept. 12, Oklahoma City voters will be asked to make a reinvestment in our city through three critical bond and sales tax initiatives. The initiatives focus on improving the quality of our streets and investing in public safety.The permanent 0.25-cent sales tax would help hire 129 more police officers and 57 more firefighters with an annual $26 million boost for public safety and other day-to-day operations.   Read More...

  • OKC city manager: Proposals will mean better streets, a safer city

    You can't miss Oklahoma City's progress during the past three decades. Children can't remember living in a city without NBA MVP winners, a thriving Bricktown, spectacular libraries, an eclectic food scene, the Devon Tower and Olympians training on the Oklahoma River.But as hard as Oklahoma City has tried, street quality hasn't kept up with the rest of our success. It's been our residents' top concern for years on our annual survey.We also need more police officers and fir...  Read More...

  • OKC police staffing is near crisis, union leader says

    by William Crum  Published: August 29, 2017 5:00 AM CDTA police union leader told leaders of Oklahoma City's business community on Monday that police ranks have failed to keep up with population growth, putting public safety in jeopardy."We're just short of what I and several of us who have been involved in this would classify as a crisis," said Mark Nelson, vice president of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123.Nelson appeared on a panel at a lu...  Read More...

  • City Treasurer elected to top North American post, earns finance award

    City of Oklahoma City Treasurer Bob Ponkilla is the new president of the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States & Canada (APT US&C), and recently received an award for the group for his leadership in professional public treasury management.As City Treasurer, Ponkilla works with his staff to manage various City investment, banking and revenue activities.APT US&C members elected Ponkilla as the group’s new president during its annual conference last month in Florid...  Read More...

  • OKC’s September special election is a big moment for public safety spending

    By Laura Eastes   |   August 11, 2017On July 1, the first day of the City of Oklahoma City’s new fiscal year, fire department officials removed Engine 51 from service at downtown’s Fire Station 1, relocating 15 firefighters to stations across the city.Weeks earlier, after months of dwindling sales tax collections due in part to a reduced sales tax base as residents’ online shopping habits increased, the Oklahoma City Council passed a $1.38 billion budget for the 2018 fis...  Read More...

  • Citizens for a Better OKC announce campaign for passage of City of OKC bond and sales tax proposals

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- A coalition of Oklahoma City civic organizations announced the formation of a campaign today to promote the passage of the City’s general obligation bond and sales tax proposals being considered by voters on Sept. 12. Organized as the “Citizens for a Better OKC,” the group plans to share the benefits of the proposals with voters.   Read More...

  • Oklahoma City mayor pitches street proposals

    Mayor Mick Cornett made the case Tuesday for sales tax and bond proposals aimed at rehabilitating crumbling streets during an update on city business for the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City."People want better streets," Cornett said, calling it the "one overwhelming issue we face each year."Cornett spoke to about 250 people at the Rotary Club's weekly luncheon meeting at the Petroleum Club.In annual surveys, residents express their greatest dissatisfaction with the condition of city streets.The sal...  Read More...

  • Citywide vote set for Sept. 12 on proposed bond program and sales tax initiatives

    The Oklahoma City Council voted to call a special election Sept. 12 for voters to consider investing more than $1.2 billion in critical infrastructure like streets and sidewalks, including an annual $26 million boost for public safety and other day-to-day operations.The Council approved three proposals to present to voters:A 10-year, $967 million bond package to invest in streets, police and fire facilities, parks and other basic needs. The bond package would succeed the almost-complete 2007 bon...  Read More...

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