The Transactions and Use Tax Oversight Committee was established on December 3, 2008, by the adoption of Ordinance Number 1385 (PDF). The Committee's primary function is to review historical spending from the general fund public works (streets) and public safety (police) activity budgets and to report in November of each year to the Council with recommendations for general fund expenditures from these activities in the following year as outlined in Arcata Municipal Code Sections 2270 to 2276.
The Transactions and Use Tax Oversight Committee consists of 7 members who have interest, knowledge or experience with budgetary and fiscal processes and an understanding of relevant community issues. Five members shall be selected by the City Council and 1 member each shall be selected by the Chief of Police and by the Director of Public Works. Future vacancies of the five Council-appointed members shall be filled by appointment by a majority of the City Council. Of the 7 members, 5 must live within Arcata City Limits (PDF) and 2 may live or work in the Arcata Planning Area. See current vacancies and residency qualifications.
The Transactions and Use Tax Oversight Committee will automatically sunset in November 2028, when the sales tax is no longer imposed.
Powers & Duties
The powers and duties of the Transactions and Use Tax Oversight Committee are as specified in the Arcata Municipal Code, Sections 2270 to 2276. These powers and duties are outlined as follows:
To review the City of Arcata general fund public works (streets) and public safety activity budgets based on historical data and need
In November of each year, to report to the City Council the result of the review conducted in Section 2271(A) and make recommendations for general fund expenditures for the following fiscal year in the public works (streets) and public safety activity budgets
To review and make recommendations on other general fund matters as the City Council may direct through resolution