Oversight Committee Applicants Sought for Transportation Authority

SACRAMENTO, – The Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA) is looking for applicants with finance or transportation planning backgrounds to fill two upcoming vacancies on the Measure A Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee.

Applications are due by Thursday, Sept. 18, and are available along with additional information on the STA’s website at http://sacta.org/n_news.html.  Applicants must reside in Sacramento County and cannot hold elective office.

The Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee was created in 2004 when Sacramento County voters approved Measure A, a 30-year extension of the half-cent transportation sales tax that under STA management is funding road, transit, maintenance and other improvements. 

The committee helps ensure that the Measure A program is functioning as promised to taxpayers.  It includes three voting public members with municipal finance, transportation planning or project management experience.  Committee meetings are held quarterly and voting members serve four-year terms.

The appointments will be made by the STA Governing Board after an initial evaluation process involving transportation experts and jurisdiction representatives.

About Measure A

Sacramento County residents have benefitted directly from the highway improvements, light rail extensions, bus routes, newly paved streets and bike lanes that were funded, at least in part, by the original $1.5 billion transportation sales-tax program approved in 1988 and the 30-year extension.

The current Measure A half-cent transportation sales tax program was approved in 2004 by 75 percent of county voters.  The 30-year program will generate more than $6 billion in revenues for transportation improvements, operations and maintenance.  Current or recent projects funded under the Measure A program include carpool lanes on Interstate 80 and US 50; highway interchange upgrades on State Route 99, Interstate 5 and US 50; light-rail extensions from downtown Sacramento toward the airport and Cosumnes River College; and numerous arterial and maintenance improvements in all Sacramento County jurisdictions.