At its meeting on April 24, 2007, the Inglewood City Council unanimously approved an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee to oversee tax proceeds approved by voters in the November 2006 general municipal election. The oversight committee, named after the ballot measure, “Measure IT,” will be comprised of citizens, business leaders, students, and representatives selected by Inglewood Police Officers’ and Police Management’s Associations, as well as a representative selected by Los Angeles County Firefighters Association, Local 1014.
Measure IT creates a one-half percent (0.5%) Transaction and Use Tax or sales tax, to support and enhance City services. Budget staff estimates that the City will generate an additional $4 million in sales tax revenue with the implementation of the tax measure. The sales tax increase became effective April 1, 2007.
Prior to approval of the measure by voters, the City Council approved the establishment of a citizen’s oversight Committee contingent upon the outcome of the election. With the measure approved, the City Council adopted a Municipal Code ordinance that outlines three main responsibilities for the Measure “IT” Oversight Committee, including 1) reviewing all appropriations of revenues received by the City from the transactions and use tax generated by Measure IT; 2) reviewing the audit of the funds prepared by an Independent Auditor; and 3) preparing and issuing the Oversight Committee’s own annual report setting forth findings.
Individuals interested in serving on the Measure IT Oversight Committee must be selected by a designated organization and may submit applications directly to Inglewood City Administration. Organizations from the following groups will select one Committee Member each: Inglewood Police Officers’ Association, Inglewood Police Management Association; and Los Angeles County Fire Department. Other interested persons from a block club or homeowner’s association; Chamber of Commerce or local business; or Inglewood senior citizen constituency may complete an application available on the City’s website or available in the Administrative Office of Inglewood City Hall.