[Posted on behalf of LA Metro]
Have you ever wondered how your tax dollars are spent and where the money goes? Do you think government should be accountable for every penny? Would you like to have a say in the process? Here is your chance!
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) is looking to fill vacancies for the Measure M Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC). The goal of the committee is to provide an enhanced level of accountability for the use of tax revenues collected under Measure M’s Expenditure Plan.
Measure M is a half-cent sales tax that was approved by 71% of Los Angeles County voters in 2016. The primary focus of Measure M is to improve transportation and ease traffic congestion in the LA region by achieving seven established goals; these include improving freeway traffic flow, expansion of the rail and rapid transit system, making public transportation more accessible and affordable, creating jobs, and embracing technology and innovation, among other objectives.
Measure M’s Traffic Improvement Plan calls for the formation of the ITOC to monitor the use of these tax dollars. Responsibilities of committee members will vary, but may include preparing annual audit reports, holding public hearings, reviewing changes to Measure M’s ordinance amendments, and providing general recommendations for improving the program. The ITOC is a tremendous opportunity for qualified individuals to make a difference in our community.
The ITOC will play a crucial role in supporting LA Metro’s Twenty-Eight by ‘28 initiative, which aims to complete 28 major road, transit, and bicycle projects before the 2028 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in the Los Angeles Area. Committee members will be asked to contribute thoughts and advice in support of the initiative that will impact LA County for decades to come.
The goal is to have one committee member to represent each of the following seven areas of expertise:
- A retired federal or state judge,
- A professional with a background in municipal finance, public finance, and/or budgeting,
- A transit professional with experience in senior-level decision making in transit operations and labor practices,
- A professional in management and administration of finance policies, performance measurements, and reviews,
- A professional in the management of large-scale construction projects,
- A licensed architect or engineer with appropriate credentials in the field of transportation project design or construction,
- A regional association of businesses representative with senior-level decision making experience in the private sector.
All committee members are required to have a minimum ten years of relevant experience, and will be subject to Metro’s conflict of interest policies. Committee members are asked to serve a term of five years, and must be LA County residents. Interested applicants are encouraged to view the detailed requirements HERE. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.