About MAPS for Kids


History

On Nov. 13, 2001, Oklahoma City voters approved the MAPS for Kids initiative. The plan called for a seven-year city sales tax to raise more than $500 million for metropolitan area schools. Collection of sales taxes for MAPS for Kids ended in 2008.

Allocation
Seventy percent of the revenue generated from the sales tax went to Oklahoma City Public Schools. The remaining 30 percent was allocated to 24 other school districts that serve children who live in Oklahoma City. Districts were awarded a percentage of the sales tax money based on the number of their students who live within the Oklahoma City limits.

Putnam City Schools received close to $47 million in MAPS for Kids funding.

Uses 
MAPS for Kids funds could be used on any bond-issue type projects – building repairs and additions, buses, instructional equipment, technology, etc. Use for any other purpose, such as salaries, was not allowed.

Process for Obtaining Funds
After the Putnam City board of education approves projects for MAPS for Kids funding, requests are presented to the MAPS Trust, the governing body responsible for school sales tax funds and management of the construction projects. The requests must include documentation by an architect or engineer with a dollar amount requested. Once the trust approves the request, Putnam City solicits bids and begins the project. 

Why Were There Bond Elections?
MAPS for Kids was set up to require that at least a certain level of new bonds continue to be approved by patrons. Creators of MAPS for Kids knew that schools need a continual infusion of funds in order build and maintain effective learning environments for students. Schools regularly need reinvestment and renewal.

To Learn More
To learn more about MAPS for Kids, visit the Oklahoma City MAPS Trust web pages.