Measure M is a sales tax ballot measure that is being considered by L.A. County voters on Nov. 8. The ballot measure would raise the countywide sales tax by a half cent and continue the Measure R half-cent sales tax beyond its mid-2039 expiration date to fund a number of highway, transit, local street, walking and biking programs.
To ensure that Measure M funds would be spent properly, here is a summary of provisions adopted by the Metro Board of Directors:
•Metro would Establish a Measure M Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee of Metro that would meet four times each year to review Measure M expense. The Committee would report directly to the Metro Board of Directors and the public.
•Metro would hire a contractor to perform an annual audit of Measure M. The audit would determine if funds were properly spent.
•Under the Measure M ordinance, no projects are allowed to be added to the agency’s plans if they “delay the groundbreaking start date, expected opening date or amount of Measure M funding.
•The agency would also perform an assessment of every project and program every 10 years. Any funds not needed for a project must be spent in the same subregion of the county.
•Just as an election can be held to approve Measure M, an election can be held in future years to end the tax.
Here is the full ordinance approved by the Metro Board that provides the legal framework for Measure M and how sales tax revenues can be used: