SDCTA Oversight Committee Best Practices (2010 Updated)
These observed best practices reflect the experience of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association's participation in over fifteen oversight committees during the past ten years. One of these committees preceded the passage of Proposition 39, which mandates oversight for bond-funded projects in K-12 schools and community colleges. That change led to rapid expansion of oversight and affected similar types of ballot measures such as the four-year extension of the TransNet sales tax, public safety facilities and hospital projects. From years of observation, extensive research and direct participation in oversight committees in San Diego County, SDCTA has derived a list of practices that enhance the effectiveness of the oversight that voters rely upon when making decisions at the ballot box. SDCTA's best practices hold oversight committees and the agencies that they oversee to a higher standard than those outlined in Prop 39.