New OKC Convention Center Could Cost Taxpayers More Money - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

NEWS

New OKC Convention Center Could Cost Taxpayers More Money

Posted: Updated:
The council discussed the new convention center could require a convention hotel and parking to attract business, facilities not covered by MAPS 3 funding. The council discussed the new convention center could require a convention hotel and parking to attract business, facilities not covered by MAPS 3 funding.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

A new $250 million convention center promised by city council could cost taxpayers more money. The possibility brought about a lot of debate during Tuesday's city council meeting.

The Oklahoma City City Council approved a 470,000 square foot facility to be put here, funded by MAPS 3, a project approved by Oklahoma voters. But one councilman argues taxpayers were deceived by the campaign.

The majority of the council says that's simply not true.

The item did not make the agenda. Still, a multimillion dollar convention center became the subject of much debate.

Councilman Ed Shadid expressed concerns after hearing there could be extra expenses to make a $250 million MAPS 3 project work. The council discussed the new convention center could require a convention hotel and parking to attract business, facilities not covered by MAPS 3 funding.

Majority of council argued back. The campaign did not specifically mention the hotel because MAPS 3 funding only covers the price tag for a new convention center.

Proposals for a convention hotel have not been submitted to or approved by the city, and the council acknowledges taxpayer money may be used to subsidize the possible project.

Still, taxpayers are split on the idea.

The council says there are about 2000 hotel rooms down here and three hotels currently under construction.

Special Features

Desktop Radar

Know when severe weather moves into Oklahoma! Download the I-News Desktop Radar.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

Classifieds

Use our free classifieds to find the things you need or sell your items.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

ESP Interactive
Powered by WorldNow
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
OKLAHOMA CITY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Oklahoma City's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.