HJTA MEMBERS ELIGIBLE TO OVERSEE BOND SPENDING
As a card-carrying Member of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, you’re eligible to serve on a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. These committees are watchdogs over the spending of bond funds when voters authorize school districts to sell bonds in order to raise money for specified purposes.
By law, a bond oversight committee must have at least seven members, and at least one must be a member of a bona fide taxpayer’s organization. The committee meets at least once a year and reviews reports and information from the school district as well as performance and financial audits.
Committee members may ask questions, review expenditures and hold district officials accountable for inefficient, ineffective or improper spending.
It’s an important safeguard to ensure that the taxpayers’ money is spent as voters were promised when they approved the bonds.
More information and resources can be found at the website of the California Association of Bond Oversight Committees, www.bondoversight.org.
If you’re interested in serving on a Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, contact the executive offices of the K-12 or community college district you live in. Let them know you’re a Member of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and you’re available to serve on a bond oversight committee.