NORMAN — The transformation of downtown Oklahoma City has been the topic of numerous national magazine profiles. The NBA Thunder franchise is just part of the renaissance.
Twenty years ago, citizens voted for the temporary, one-cent MAPS sales tax. In the 66 months it was in effect, the tax produced more than $309 million and another $54 million in interest earnings.
The money was used to build, remodel and enhance public facilities throughout the city. A later effort, MAPS for Kids, transformed schools throughout the Oklahoma City area.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will discuss the MAPS project at a Norman Chamber of Commerce general membership meeting Feb. 22. His talk comes as some in the community are beginning to discuss the possibility of a Norman MAPS type plan to fund community improvements.
Included would be a swimming pool, new libraries, Ruby Grant park development and other facilities proposed by various constituencies.