OKCMAR is continuing effort to create quality communities in the Oklahoma City metroplex by supporting the passage of a permanent 1/8-cent sales tax for parks. This initiative will be the only question on the March 3rd election ballot for Oklahoma City residents.
” This continues an effort by REALTORS® to support investments that improve the quality of our neighborhoods. We believe quality neighborhoods improve and retain the value of our clients’ housing investment. is proud of the support that we have been able to give to this and other ballot questions like MAPS, local school and public safety bond initiatives. In just the last 5 years, REALTORS ® through their political action committee has given close to $100,00 in support these initiatives.
OKCMAR Board Member Glen Cosper
The ballot question is the result of an initiative petition circulated by petition. The individuals who circulated the petition filed 7,977 signatures in support of the petition, surpassing the 6,499 needed to trigger an election.
The proposed 1/8-cent parks sales tax, if approved, would be similar to the ¾-cent sales tax dedicated to public safety (primarily the Police and Fire departments), and the 1/8-cent sales tax dedicated to the Oklahoma City Zoo. The City Council would oversee spending of revenue from the proposed parks sales tax.
If approved, the Finance Department estimates the tax would raise about $15 million annually beginning on July 1st. These funds could only be spent on OKC Parks operations, improvements, maintenance and programming.
While the election is March 3rd, Oklahoma City residents can request an absentee ballot for the election by 5 p.m. Feb. 26. Apply for an absentee ballot or download an absentee ballot request form at ok.gov/elections. Early voting for the election is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. February 27-28 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 29th at your local county election board:
• Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N Lincoln Blvd., (405) 713-1515
• Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E Robinson Street (Suite 200) in Norman, (405) 366-0210
• Canadian County Election Board, 200 S Bickford Ave. in El Reno, (405) 422-2422
• Pottawatomie County Election Board, 14101 Acme Road in Shawnee, (405) 273-8376.
Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 3rd at your usual polling location, which you can find using the voter portal or on your voter ID card.