OKC City Council discusses roaming, sales tax and constitutional commitment of tables
It is one of the most comprehensive plans yet to respond to Oklahoma City’s 1,600 homeless people.
After more than two years of planning, the Mayor’s Homelessness Task Force has 24 new strategies.
Housing, transportation, emergency shelters and prevention are just a few of the areas addressed in the plan.
Oklahoma City hired its first Homeless Strategy Manager to help execute the plan.
Lindsay Cates, the head of homelessness strategy, said new ordinances will be created to make affordable housing more accessible.
“Someone couldn’t just come in and say I want to develop without considering affordable units as part of their project,” Cates said.
On Tuesday, city council also received an update on “A Better Way”.
It’s a new program where beggars are picked up and delivered to jobs that pay $ 65 for the day.
Eighteen Oklahoma City residents participated in the first week.
Meanwhile, City Councilor Bradley Carter’s resolution pledging that city council respect the U.S. Constitution in its decision-making is still only a proposal.
With the mayor absent for Tuesday’s meeting, the proposal was tabled for two weeks.
The latest tax collection figures show Oklahoma City residents are spending.
“It’s at all levels. It’s retail, it’s restaurants, hotels, maintenance, manufacturing; all sectors of the economy are doing well right now, ”said Doug Dowler, chief financial officer of Oklahoma City.
Dowler and others have predicted sales tax figures to grow 5% from last year.
In the first three months of the fiscal year, sales tax collection grew 17%, totaling about $ 7 million more than in 2020.
Dowler attributes the growth to federal stimulus checks spent.