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Citizens' Oversight Committee

Background

Incorporated in 1850, the City of Santa Barbara has many facilities that are old and in need of major improvement and/or renovation. In addition, a lack of funding for streets, sidewalks, storm drains, and other streets-related infrastructure has resulted in the deterioration of these critical systems the community relies upon on a daily basis.

In November 2017, Santa Barbara residents approved Measure C - Santa Barbara Critical Infrastructure and Essential Community Services, which provided a one-cent general purpose local sales transaction and use tax.  Measure C, which became effective April 1, 2018, will generate an estimated $22 million per year and provide much needed funding for critical infrastructure, to address deferred maintenance of City facilities, and to replace the City's outdated and unsafe police station.

Purpose of the Committee

In the Measure C Ordinance No. 5827, Section 4.14.170 establishes a Citizens' Oversight Committee, whose duties and responsibilities are to "...review the annual accountability performance report and report its findings to the City Council and to Santa Barbara citizens."

The Oversight Committee meets two times per fiscal year as follows:

  1. Following the close of each fiscal year, staff will present the Annual Accountability Report, which will present the use of Measure C sales and use tax revenues received for the most recently completed fiscal year.
  2. Semi-annually receive a report from staff on the status of revenues received and projects funded from Measure C sales taxes.

All of the meetings will be open to the public.

The information and reports presented to the City Council and will also be posted to the City's Measure C web page.

Membership of the Committee

The Citizen's Oversight Committee will be comprised of seven members, consisting of one (1) representative of the business community and one (1) representative of the hospitality community. Five (5) of the Committee members must be qualified electors of the City of Santa Barbara and the remaining two (2) are not required to be qualified electors of the City of Santa Barbara.

Committee Functions
Qualifications

May not hold any full-time paid office or employment in City government.

7 members:

  • 5 members must be qualified electors of the City
  • 2 members are not required to be qualified electors of the City
  • Of the 7 members:
    • 1 member must be a representative of the Business Community
    • 1 member must be a representative of the Hospitality Community
Length of Term Four years and until successors are appointed. Staggered terms expire on December 31 of the appropriate year.
Meeting Schedule This Committee meets semi-annually, 90 days within year end Annual Accountability Performance Report and in February. The meetings will be located in City Hall, Room 15, located at 735 Anacapa Street.
Time Involved Unknown at this time
Financial Disclosure Members may be required to file Statements of Economic Interests
Compensation None
Staff Liaison Finance Director, Finance Department - (805) 564-5334
Reference Resolution No. 17-054; Ordinance No. 5827; Taxation Code and Section 7285.9

Contact Information

The documents linked on this page are posted by City Staff. If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or problems with the items on this page, please contact the staff listed below. Oversight Committee members do not have City email addresses. In order to contact individual members, please send your emails to staff listed on this page. Your message will be forwarded to the appropriate Oversight Committee member.

Bob Samario, Finance Director
BSamario@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

Sherri Eichenberger, Executive Assistant to Robert Samario
SEichenberger@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

Last Updated: Jul 6, 2018
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