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Independent Audit Finds Proper Oversight for Measure M; Annual Public Hearing June 11

An independent third-party audit of OCTA recently determined that the agency is complying with the requirements of Measure M, the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements countywide, and found no deficiencies. Measure M is also known as OC Go.

The accounting firm of Crowe LLP was hired by the OCTA Board of Directors to conduct a third-party independent audit for the fiscal year that ended in June 2023. The audit came in response to a request from the independent Taxpayers Oversight Committee, an 11-member oversight committee that monitors OCTA’s use of the voter-approved Measure M funding.

“We’re pleased to see that the results of the audit further confirm that OCTA continues to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, using funds as promised to voters to improve all modes of travel,” said OCTA Chair Tam T. Nguyen. “It reinforces our mission to keep Orange County moving safely and efficiently with innovative transportation solutions.”

The Taxpayers Oversight Committee (TOC) is responsible for reviewing annual audits and conducting a public hearing each year to determine whether OCTA is proceeding in accordance with the Measure M Ordinance. For 32 consecutive years, the TOC has found OCTA has delivered as promised to voters who approved Measure M.

This year’s public hearing – the 33rd for Measure M – is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at OCTA headquarters, 550 S. Main St. in Orange.

Those unable to attend the public meeting can submit comments by Monday, June 10, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.  by visiting octa.net/PublicHearing.

For more information about Measure M or the Taxpayers Oversight Committee, please visit here.