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Volunteer by May 2 to Safeguard OC Taxpayers

There’s only one month left for Orange County residents in the First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth Supervisorial Districts to apply for the OC Go Taxpayer Oversight Committee (TOC). The TOC is an independent 11-member committee that monitors OCTA’s use of revenue collected through OC Go, also known as Measure M, the county’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. The TOC has spent more than a decade ensuring that all OC Go funds are spent on voter-approved transportation projects.

OC Go was developed to deliver a balanced and sustainable transportation network for the county and is expected to generate $11.6 billion through 2041. The plan dedicates 43 percent of funding to freeway improvements, 32 percent to local street projects and 25 percent to transit.

Applications for a three-year committee term, July 2021 to June 2024, will be accepted through May 2. Applicants must be Orange County residents, at least 18 years old and live in either the First, Second, Fourth or Fifth Supervisorial District that they will represent.

The First District consists of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Westminster, portions of Fountain Valley, and the unincorporated community of Midway City.

The Second District consists of Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. It also includes the unincorporated areas of Rossmoor, Sunset Beach and Surfside.

The Fourth District consists of Anaheim, Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia, and portions of Buena Park.

The Fifth District consists of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, portions of Irvine, and the unincorporated communities of Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores and Wagon Wheel.

Applications are due by May 2, 2021 and are available here. Interviews will be held via Zoom and conducted between May 5th – 13th with final selection taking place at the OCTA Board of Directors meeting on June 28, 2021.

The Grand Jurors Association of Orange County (GJAOC) is conducting the TOC recruitment and will recommend qualified candidates for membership. For additional information, please call 714-974-9699 or visit here.

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