Measure D Annual Report Released

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) released the Measure D Annual Report for Fiscal Years 16/17 and 17/18 today. Prepared by the Measure D Taxpayer Oversight Committee, the report concluded that the expenditure of Measure D funds by recipient agencies has been in accordance with the Measure D Ordinance and Expenditure Plan.

In November 2016, Santa Cruz County voters approved the Measure D transportation sales tax, which went into effect in April 2017. To ensure accountability, transparency, and public oversight of all funds collected and allocated, the ordinance includes several safeguards. Recipient agencies are required to annually provide an expenditure report and audited financial statements showing how their Measure D funds were spent in the prior fiscal year.

The ordinance also requires the establishment of an oversight committee that is tasked with independently reviewing the Expenditure Plan expenditures and audits on an annual basis to ensure they conform to the ordinance. The oversight committee is also required to produce a publicly available annual report of their findings.

After reviewing the expenditure reports and audits for Fiscal Years 16/17 and 17/18, the oversight committee prepared an annual report that includes a letter from them commenting on whether the provisions and requirements have been complied with. The annual report focuses on the financials and findings of the audits, and also includes highlights of some of the projects that are funded by Measure D funds. The Measure D Annual Report concluded that the expenditure of Measure D funds has been in accordance with the Measure D Ordinance and Expenditure Plan for the period of April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

The Measure D Annual Report can be viewed here.