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  • Santa Barbara County Association of Governments seeks civic-minded, interested individuals to serve on the Measure A Citizens Oversight Committee

    Focus of committee is to ensure accountability for high priority transportation projects throughout Santa Barbara county 

    Santa Barbara, Calif. - Santa Barbara County Association of Governments is seeking civic-minded, interested individuals to serve on a committee of community leaders, a part of the Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The committee oversees the ongoing investment of Measure A sales tax funds for high priority transportation projects and programs that address the current and future needs of Santa Barbara county. The Committee is comprised of 11 members, including four from North County, four from South County and three “at-large.” Applicants will be considered to fill three open positions on the committee for an “at-large” member, and two North County members who can represent transportation interests in the county. 

    On November 4, 2008, Measure A was approved in Santa Barbara county with 79% voter support, a one-half of one percent (1/2%) sales tax for transportation projects and programs over 30 years. Measure A is administered by Santa Barbara County Association of Governments and it is estimated to provide more than $1 billion of local investment in transportation projects through 2040. Santa Barbara County Association of Governments Board of Directors appointed a Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee to help ensure accountability to voters regarding the expenditure of funds. 

    The Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee is made up of a balance of transportation users that represent geographic, social, cultural and economic interests in the county. Appointed members serve four-year terms and can be reappointed for additional terms at the discretion of the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments Board of Directors. As determined by the committee, they meet as needed or one to three times a year. The committee is responsible for annually submitting comments to the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments Board of Directors on whether the provisions, requirements and voter mandates as outlined by Measure A’s Investment Plan and Ordinance have been properly carried out. 

    Three positions are open for consideration of an appointment by the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments Board of Directors. To apply, applicants are encouraged to complete the application by July 29, 2020 that is available on Santa Barbara County Association of Governments website at www.sbcag.org/news or by contacting Lauren Bianchi Klemann, Government Affairs and Public Information Manager by email at lbianchiklemann@sbcag.org or telephone at: (805) 961-8900. 

    More information about Measure A is available on the measure’s website at www.measurea.net