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Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee - Measure M

The Measure M Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee of Metro (“Committee”) provides an enhanced level of accountability for expenditures of sales tax revenues made under the Expenditure Plan.

The Committee meets at least four (4) times each year to carry out the purposes of the Ordinance. The Committee reports directly to the Metro Board of Directors and the public. The Committee shall carry out the responsibilities laid out in the Ordinance and play a valuable and constructive role in the ongoing improvement and enhancement of the Ordinance.

The Committee approves the scope of work and directs the work of the auditors. The Committee shall review all audits and hold an annual public hearing to report on the results of the audit.

The Committee shall prepare an annual report on the results of the annual audits per Ordinance Section 8(h)(3)(B), any findings made, and report the comments to the Metro Board of Directors. The Committee shall review all proposed debt financing and any proposed amendments to the Ordinance, including the Expenditure Plan, and make a finding as to whether the proposed amendments further the purpose of the Ordinance.

The Committee shall review the Comprehensive Program Assessment of the Expenditure Plan every five (5) years or every ten (10) years in accordance with Ordinance Section 7(g) and make findings and/or provide recommendations for improving the program.  The results of this assessment will be presented to the Metro Board of Directors.


The Measure M sales tax measure was approved by voters in 2016 for Los Angeles County’s comprehensive plan to improve transportation and ease traffic congestion through the following core goals:

  • Improve freeway traffic flow; reduce bottlenecks and ease traffic congestion.
  • Expand the rail and rapid transit system; accelerate rail construction and build new rail lines; enhance local, regional, and express bus service; and improve system connectivity.
  • Repave local streets repair potholes, synchronize signals; improve neighborhood streets and intersections, and enhance bike and pedestrian connections.
  • Keep the transit and highway system safe; earthquake-retrofit bridges, enhance freeway and transit system safety, and keep the transportation system in good working condition.
  • Make public transportation more accessible, convenient, and affordable for seniors, students, and the disabled and provide better mobility options for our aging population.
  • Embrace technology and innovation; incorporate modern technology, new advancements, and emerging innovations into the local transportation system.
  • Create jobs, reduce pollution, and generate local economic benefits ; increase personal quality time and overall quality of life.
  • Provide accountability and transparency; protect and monitor the public’s investments through independent audits and oversight.

Expenditure Plan Pie Chart

No earlier than July 1, 2039, the Metro Board of Directors shall increase the percentage of Net Revenues allocated to the Regional Rail program of the Local Return and Regional Rail Subfund from one percent (1%) to two percent (2%) provided that the recipient(s) satisfy certain performance criteria, which shall be adopted by the Metro Board of Directors. Any such increase in Net Revenues allocated to Regional Rail shall be offset by corresponding reductions in Net Revenues allocated to either the Transit, First/Last Mile (Capital) Subfund or Highway, Active Transportation, Complete Streets (Capital) Subfund, or both. No reduction shall delay any projects in Attachment A of the Measure M Ordinance.

On July 1, 2039, the percentage of Net Revenues allocated to the Local Return program shall increase by three percent of Net Revenues. The Metro Board of Directors shall make corresponding reductions to either the Transit Construction or Highway Construction programs, or both. No reduction shall delay any projects in Attachment A of the Measure M Ordinance.


Committee Members shall be comprised of seven (7) voting members representing the following professions or areas of expertise:

  • A retired Federal or State judge
  • A professional from the field of municipal/public finance and/or budgeting with a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience
  • A transit professional with a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in senior-level decision making in transit operations and labor practices
  • A professional with a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in management and administration of financial policies, performance measurements, and reviews
  • A professional with demonstrated experience of ten (10) years or more 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 and a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience
  • A regional association of businesses representative with at least ten (10) years of senior-level decision making experience in the private sector

The intent is to have one member representing each of the specified areas of expertise. If, however, after a good faith effort, qualified individuals have not been identified for one (1) or more of the areas of expertise, then no more than two (2) members from one (1) or more of the remaining areas of expertise may be selected.

The members of the Committee must reside in Los Angeles County and be subject to conflict of interest provisions. No person currently serving as an elected or appointed city, county, special district, state, or federal public officeholder shall be eligible to serve as a member of the Committee.

The Committee members shall be subject to Metro’s conflict of interest policies. The members shall have no legal action pending against Metro and are prohibited from acting in any commercial activity directly or indirectly involving Metro, such as being a consultant to Metro or to any party with pending legal actions against Metro during their tenure. Committee members shall not have direct commercial interest or employment with any public or private entity, which receives sales tax funds authorized by the Ordinance.

Each member of the Committee shall serve for a term of five (5) years, and until a successor is appointed, except that initial appointments may be staggered with terms of three (3) years. A Committee member may be removed at any time by the appointing authority. Term limits for Committee members will be staggered to prevent significant turnover at any one time. There is no limit as to the number of terms that a Committee member may serve. Members will be compensated through a stipend and they may choose to waive.

Any member may, at any time, resign from the Committee upon written notice delivered to the Metro Board. Acceptance of any public office, the filing of intent to seek public office, including a filing under California Government Code Section 85200, or change of residence to outside the County shall constitute a Member’s automatic resignation.


Name

Status

Professions or areas of expertise

Emilie H. Elias

active

Retired Federal or State judge

Carlos A. Bohorquez

active

Municipal/public finance and/or budgeting

Ryan Campbell

active

Management and administration of financial policies, performance measurements, and reviews

Virginia Tanzmann

active

Licensed architect or engineer with appropriate credentials in the field of transportation project design or construction

Linda J. Briskman

active

Regional association of business representative


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