Better Streets, Safer City public safety update

Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 By: David McCollum Source: VeloCity

On Sept. 12, 2017, Oklahoma City voters approved 13 bond propositions and two sales tax initiatives known as the Better Streets, Safer City projects.

The 10-year, $967 million bond package invests in streets, police and fire facilities, parks and other basic needs. It succeeds the 2007 bond program, which is almost complete.

A new, permanent 1/4 cent sales tax is being invested primarily in the Police Department and Fire Department.

The first increase in the permanent general operations sales tax rate since voters approved a 1-cent raise in 1976, the sales tax is invested in the City’s General Fund. About two thirds of the General Fund goes to public safety services, with the rest paying for other basic services like animal control, parks and transit.

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