By Kayla Branch
Former Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid wants Oklahoma City voters to consider two sales tax questions to fund city parks and public transportation.
Shadid, who ended an eight-year career on the council this year, told The Oklahoman he plans to use the initiative petition process to put a ⅛ cent sales tax to fund the operation and maintenance of public transportation and another ⅛ cent sales tax for upkeep of city parks on a citywide ballot in December.
Shadid said his effort is in response to the city’s MAPS program, a one-cent sales tax initiative focused on mostly large-scale capital projects.
However, while MAPS funds are used to construct projects like a new downtown park and a streetcar line, money for operations and maintenance mostly comes from the city's general budget.
“While MAPS has done amazing things and there has been a return on those investments, there has also been a cost," Shadid said.
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