My 2 Cents: Positive Thoughts For 2018 - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

My 2 Cents: Positive Thoughts For 2018

Posted: Updated:

We get blamed for harping too much on the bad news, and ignoring the good things that are happening. So, I'm starting off 2018 focusing on some good news, right here in Oklahoma City.

Sales tax collections in OKC have increased sharply since last year, giving hope that the local economy is kicking into a higher gear.

City revenue collections have been trending upward for the past eight months, but December collections look particularly good.

There has been real concern that with the economic downturn the MAPS 3 sales tax, that's been collected since 2010, wouldn't generate the $777 million budgeted to complete eight projects voters approved. But with the collections increasing most of this year, it's now estimated the MAPS 3 tax will bring in more than $800 million.

The Whitewater course, the coming street cars and convention center and a whole lot more will all be paid for.

The penny tax expired, by the way, at midnight New Year’s Eve after seven years.

But if you were looking forward to pocketing that penny, don't forget, Oklahoma City voters agreed to extend it for another 27 months to care of some crumbling streets and other maintenance needs.

Happy New Year, and pardon our progress.

I'm Kelly Ogle and that's My 2 Cents.       

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured On News9.com

  • Business News

    Find news on Oklahoma's economy, local business, the banking industry and more.

  • Links

    Looking for a website you heard mentioned on News 9? Find it here!

  • Local News

    Get the latest breaking news, current events and headlines affecting Oklahomans.

  • 9 Investigates

    Are you aware of incidents of fraud, corruption, government waste? We investigate.

  • Send Kelly Your 2 Cents

    * denotes required fields

    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thanks so much for giving me Your 2 Cents. I read every e-mail I get and appreciate your comments. Be looking for Your 2 Cents Monday through Friday on NEWS 9 at 10. Thanks so much, Kelly Ogle, NEWS 9 Anchor

Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
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.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.