- Let me see if I understand this correctly. We are taxed for our property, taxed on purchases, taxed on our cars to support some crazy tag agency, taxed on the road systems, taxed by the state and have no access to the revenues made by the toll roads? ARE YOU CRAZY? Has Oklahoma government lost their ever loving minds? Let me put it this way, FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY!!! Start using the current taxes you make for the next two years, stop charging us to drive on the roads we've already paid for and then, THEN, I will vote for an increase in sales tax to support your greedy poorly thought out plan to improve transit that currently IS NOT USED ANYWHERE in the metro. PUUUuulllleeeeeeeeeZZZEEE stop the crazy implementation of more taxing! Maybe you haven't heard, but there's a recession going on. Instead of looking for a way to take more of OUR money you could figure out a way to give some back. Thieves!!!
- —Guest John
- I suggest you vote NO for the Maps Proposal. No money will ever come back to the city, just more taxes. How has it worked out for you with the fair? See anything that helped OKC, or any funds from that for Maps3? Vote yes and be sorry you did.....
- —Guest Ernie
Does it really Matter?
- For as long as I can remember TAXES have always been taken from my paycheck. Where the money goes, WHO knows? But, it still gets taken out. I believe that MAPS3 will benefit the city in the long run. Why not have a city that is beautiful and people from other cities want to visit, because guess what happens when they do come? They spend money! Let's imagine ten years from today, and hope we don't look back and wonder what if we would have voted yes? What if this is what our city needed to have a better economy? Or maybe we will wonder, if only my children weren't ashamed of living in Oklahoma they wouldn't have moved 3,000 miles away? I love this city; especially now and I definitely will love it more when MAPS 3 passes.
- —Guest Gab
- How can we as a Christian community vote yes on MAPs3 to build a giant indoor exercise pool for elderly OKC citizens when in the same breath we are shutting down vital Senior Care Living Centers because we cannot afford to feed these same citizens a lunch? For the life of me people, we must look at the reality of MAPs3 projects and realize that our priorities must be with those that are doing without food, and proper shelter before we ask the citizens of OKC to continue to fork over a 1 cent sale tax to continue to build a visually stunning OKC but doesn't care enough to feed its senior citizens? Regretfully, I will vote NO on MAPs3.
- —Guest John
- I take in consideration what that south side police officer has said. I think our safety and everyone else's safety is more important than building a new park. Just think, who's going to keep you safe when a bum or a criminal is trying to rob you or even harm you and your wife and kids when the closest police officer is ten minutes away or responding to a life-threatening accident? Think hard mother and fathers. It could happen to you. VOTE NO dec. 8th Oklahoma
- —Guest No way
Not this MAPS, not right now!!
- I have read most all of the "Yes for Maps" posts and they all say pretty much the same thing. I hope it makes the city look good, and I hope it brings more jobs to the city and Bricktown will be so much better when.... The sad fact is that both the police and fire departments are facing job cuts. That is right. I said the city is going to lay off both Police and Firefighters. I say that we have bigger problems than hoping the city will look nice. How about making public safety an issue. The Police Dep. is short 100 officers, the Fire Dep. is short 51 and with the cuts to the Public Safety budget, and those numbers will rise to 178 short for PD and over 90 short for FD. Let's take responsibility for our city, since the Mayor won't, and make public safety an issue. I will not support Maps 3 on Dec. 8th because we, as taxpayers, deserve a fully staffed Police and Fire Department and will not get it with this Maps.
- —Guest bren
- I am all for blue collar workers, but what about keeping us safe? There is no budget in this MAPs project for the police force that is still understaffed by hundreds of officers. You want all these grand venues to bring in the crowds, but who will protect us when the crowds get out of hand, or if the police are patrolling those venues, who will respond to my house when something happens to my family, or yours??
- —Guest Jessica
Here's my perspective (2)
- I spent the first 22 years of my life in Oklahoma (I was born in OKC in the late 40's) and I always dreamed of Oklahoma City having some of the big time events and sports teams that New York or Chicago had. Thanks to MAPS, Oklahoma City is on the radar of the nation and world in providing entertainment and sports and cultural venues that are some of the best in the nation. When we buy a house, we are investing in our future and our family's future. The same goes for a city that invests a penny per dollar in itself. We are building one of the best cities in the USA. Don't stop the investment in our future. PLEASE - Vote YES next Tuesday, December 8th. ---John Hite, retired, Oklahoma City, website: www.TechOK.org
Here's my perspective
- Oklahoma City and all Oklahoma will be far better off if MAPS 3 is passed. Initially, I opposed MAPS 3 because I didn't see a need for a new convention center. But after a great deal of study & prayer, I know passing MAPS 3 will continue to be one of the best investments we citizens can make in our future. The opponents of MAPS 3 cite the economy as one main reason to oppose our continuation of our penny sales tax for capital improvements. That penny is dedicated to CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS -- something that not only supercharges our economic base, but also leaves a legacy of amenities to be enjoyed by many future generations. -- continued--
Its about time!
- The "Baby Boomers" of OKC are trying to make a last statement to the next generation! We want this city to be better than it was. We are in charge, we have the money, and we have little time to make a lot of changes. A vote for MAPS3 is the final vote for most baby boomers on OKC's future for their kids and grandkids. It's the right thing to do, because the older generation knows how sad a place OKC was 20 years ago!!
- —Guest Rickp
no maps 3
- We need a new park in downtown okc, a nice place for the homeless to stay. Transportation? Just think of all the grocery carts we could remove from the street. Convention center? Do we use the one that we have? Fairgrounds? If it doesn't eat hay and poop the fair board doesn't want it.
- —Guest sooner
Ladles and the Dying
- Trusting politicians to spend YOUR money is like letting a dying man drink from a slotted spoon. Good luck Oklahoma..Where's Robin Hood when you need him?
- —Guest Jason Z.
Maps Means High Sales Taxes & future fee
- Sales taxes and fees on our city Ut. bills are too high now. We do not need more taxes.
- —Guest Don Taylor
"Your Facts or the Truth?"
- Ref: Moody's assessment of Oklahoma City's economic outlook. Strengths 1) Housing market has avoided the bubble/bust, 2)High standard of living for those with livable wage jobs; for these folks the quality of life is better than average, 3)Universities and research institutes support innovation. The Weakness are: 1) City and state fiscal conditions are very weak, 2) Very poor track record at increasing educational attainment, 3) Blatant poverty, 4) Ranked 4th most corrupt state, 5)Ranks 3rd in nation for poorest roads and brigdes, 6)Over the last ten years has lost 55,000 jobs paying $56K or higher, 7) Ranks 49th for obesity & poor health. If you think voting YES for MAPS 3 is going to address those 7 weaknesses then you are either totally misinformed or ignorant of the truth. MAPS 3 will only benefit OKC's cartels: good-old-boy politicians, developers and contractors at the expense of the taxpayers. One the facilities are built, where is the money going to come from to maintain them?
- —Guest Dr. Steve Cosslett
MAPS3: I'm voting NO
- I agree with Nan. Who benefits? Who will own the new skating rink? Devon Energy? Will they charge little kids $8 for 2 hours like they do with the Christmas skating rink? Or Chesapeake, who charges little kids $10 for XMAS snow-tubing for an hour? It's not enough that Devon and Chesapeake get extremely cheap advertising and lots of kudos by having these snow and ice activities; they also have to make a killing off the poor kids in this city, some of whom will never have the money to use the activities. This is an analogy for how MAPS3 will go. It's not for us, but we pay for it. It's for the wealthy to show off, make money, and get richer off the backs of the poor and lower-middle class, for whom one percent is a lot of money. Improvements to the State Fair Park: $60 million? Are you kidding me? Who owns the State Fair Park? Who owns the State Fair? Where does the money go? Why isn't the money funneled back into improvements? Can anyone tell me? VOTE NO ON MAPS3.
- —Guest Gigi