Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tax Passage to Speed Up Pace of MAPS

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tax Passage to Speed Up Pace of MAPS

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With city voters approving the penny sales tax extension by a 2- to-1 vote, MAPS organizers see the light at the end of the tunnel for the Metropolitan Area Projects.

The extension was a major hurdle to overcome for MAPS, said Assistant City Manager Jim Couch, who anticipates smooth sailing for the remainder of the projects.

"There hasn't been any slowing up on any of the projects," he added. Of course, Couch said the city was determined to complete MAPS even if the sales tax extension had been defeated Tuesday by Oklahoma City voters. "We were moving ahead and not planning on stopping," explained Couch, who oversees the MAPS project. "We were confident there would be a plan if the tax extension was defeated." With financing for the $350 million MAPS program now secured, Couch anticipates construction picking up an even heavier pace, with bids going out on the proposed arena and the new library sometime in January. Both projects are scheduled to be completed by fall 2001 to close the MAPS program. …

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