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Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee – Prop A and C

Independent Citizen’s Advisory and Oversight committee (ICAOC)

The Independent Citizen’s Advisory and Oversight Committee (ICAOC) was appointed under the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) Reform and Accountability Act of 1998, approved by voters in November 1998. The purpose of the Act was to provide accountability in the expenditure of Proposition A and Proposition C sales tax revenues through annual independent audits of transportation sales tax expenditures, the creation of an Independent Citizen’s Advisory and Oversight Committee, and public hearings on the independent audit reports. The Act requires an annual independent audit of the Propositions A and C Sales Taxes Revenues and Expenditures. Public hearings are  held in conformance with federal public hearing requirements outlined in Section 9 (e) (3) (H) of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982, as amended, and public hearing guidelines adopted by the Metro’s Board of Directors in 1993, as amended. The Committee shall meet at least twice each year to carry out the purposes of the LACMTA Reform and Accountability Act of 1998.


The Proposition A and Proposition C sales tax measures were approved by voters in 1980 and 1990, respectively, for transportation purposes. The Proposition A and Proposition C sales taxes are two one-half of one percent tax on most retail sales in the County. Metro is responsible for administering the programs and establishing guidelines. Metro returns 25% and 20% of Proposition A and Proposition C, respectively, to its jurisdictions on a “per capita” basis in the County and allocates the funds as specified in the two ordinances for transportation purposes:

Proposition A

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Proposition C


Requirements of the Oversight Committee members

The Committee shall be comprised of five persons, selected as follows: one member shall be appointed by the Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; one member shall be appointed by the Chair of the governing board of the MTA; one member shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles; one member shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Long Beach; and one member shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Pasadena. The members of the Committee must be persons who live in Los Angeles County. No elected city, county, special district, state or federal public officeholder will be eligible to serve as a member of the Committee.

All meetings of the Committee shall be held within Los Angeles County. All meetings of the Committee shall be held in compliance with the provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act (Section 54950 et seq. of the California Government Code).
Each member of the Committee shall serve for a term of two years, and until a successor is appointed. No member of the Committee shall be entitled to any compensation, except that the Committee may reimburse actual expenses of members arising out of the performance of their duties as Committee members.


Director

Status

Appointed by and/or Office Held

Emina Darakjy

Emina Darakjy

active

Chris Holden
Mayor, City of Pasadena
1997-1999

Dwight D. Ham

Dwight D. Ham

active

Hal Berson
Chair, LACMTA
July 2002 to June 2003

Brian Russell

Brian Russell

active

Beverly O' Neill
Mayor, City of Long Beach
1994-2006

Belinda Valles Faustinos

Belinda Valles Faustino

active

Hilda Solis
Chair, Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County
effective June 29, 2016


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