Updated on: November 8, 2018 at 9:27 am

Safeguards

This Expenditure Plan includes strong taxpayer safeguards to ensure that the projects and programs approved by the voters are funded and delivered.

Citizen Oversight
An Oversight Committee will be created to provide an enhanced level of accountability for expenditures made under the Plan to ensure that all voter mandates are carried out and that the financial integrity and performance of the program is maintained.  The Committee will include one representative from each municipal agency, selected by the agency.

Annual Independent Audit and Annual Reporting
Annual fiscal and compliance audits will be conducted by a CPA, to assure that the revenues expended are necessary and reasonable. The audits and annual Report must be published and made available to the general public.

Audit reports will be available July 2019

Sunset Date
This measure terminates in 25 years.

1% Administrative Expense Cap
Expenditures on staff salaries, wages, benefits and overhead necessary to administer the program will be limited to no more than one percent of the annual gross revenues provided by the measure.

No revenue generated from this tax shall be used to replace fair share contribution from new development.
Revenues provided from this measure shall not be used to replace private developer funding that has been or will be committed for any project to help alleviate the direct traffic impacts of any new or redeveloped residential, commercial or industrial development in Stanislaus County or its cities.

Eligibility Verification
The cities and County will select transportation projects that meet eligibility criteria as identified in this Plan. The local jurisdictions will certify in the annual verification submitted to the Stanislaus Council of Governments that these transportation funds were used for eligible expenses.

Maintaining Local Transportation Funding Efforts
The local jurisdictions will certify in the annual verification submitted to Stanislaus Council of Governments that these transportation funds will be used to augment and not supplant local resources spent. For purposes of this calculation an average of the prior three (3) years spent for local transportation purposes as defined in the Ordinance will be used.

Strategic Plan
StanCOG will prepare and adopt a Strategic Plan within twelve months of the sales tax taking effect. The Strategic Plan will include project cost estimates, revenue estimates, other matching funds, and a draft timeline for regional project delivery. Its prime purpose is to clarify program and project costs, schedule, financial plans and project readiness to expedite project delivery and to allow projects that are ‘ready’ to proceed forward within the parameters of the Expenditure Plan.

The Measure L Strategic Plan was adopted by the Policy Board of the Stanislaus Council of Governments on March 29, 2018

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The Ordinance was adopted by the Policy Board of the Stanislaus Council of Governments on June 22, 2016.

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The Policies and Procedures were adopted by the Policy Board of the Stanislaus Council of Governments on November 17, 2017.

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