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OKC Council Meeting Notes: July 18, 2017

Post Date:07/18/2017 11:21 AM

The Oklahoma City Council meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays on the third floor of City Hall, 200 N Walker Ave. Live broadcasts are available on Cox Channel 20 and YouTube. A recording of each meeting is then added to the City's YouTube channel. Check out the meeting calendar for agendas and schedules.

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Oklahoma City's resident satisfaction beats national average

Oklahoma City residents are more satisfied with their community than most Americans, and will vote Sept. 12 on an investment addressing their chief complaint. The results of this year’s Citizen Survey shows about four out of five residents think Oklahoma City is an “excellent” or “good” place to live. The top concern remains streets, which it has for years. The Better Streets, Safer City special election ballot on Sept. 12 includes $491 million for streets, $28 million for traffic control and $27 million for bridges included in the $967 million general obligation bond package, plus $240 million for street resurfacing, streetscaping and more in the proposed temporary penny sales tax extension. The survey results were presented to the Council during Tuesday's meeting.

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Redevelopment deal with Omni approved for operation of convention center hotel

The Council voted Tuesday to approve a redevelopment agreement with Omni Hotels for a headquarters hotel to support the MAPS 3 Convention Center. The agreement calls for Omni and the City to share development costs for the 600-room, full-service hotel, which is planned to be built just north of the convention center near the MAPS 3 Scissortail Park, Chesapeake Energy Arena and other major attractions in downtown and Bricktown. The agreement does not raise taxes, and more than half the City funding comes from revenue sources generated by the hotel itself.

Oklahoma City's July sales tax summary

The July sales tax report shows General Fund collections in Oklahoma City were up 1.5 percent compared to the same month last year, below the monthly projection by 0.5 percent. The July report includes collections for the last half of May and estimated collections in the first half of June, which total about $17.9 million for the General Fund. That’s around $81,000 below the projection. July is the first month of fiscal year 2018. General Fund sales tax revenue finished fiscal year 2017 about 0.4 percent (about $863,000) below the amended projection. The General Fund pays for the City’s day-to-day operations. Sales tax is the City’s largest single source of revenue.

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