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Joel Zlotnik (714) 560-5713
Laura Scheper (714) 560-5697
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 13, 2013
Measure M Oversight Panel Finds OCTA On Track
Orange County’s half-cent sales tax is driving force behind transportation improvements and traffic relief
ORANGE – The Measure M Taxpayers Oversight Committee (TOC) has determined that Measure M is being delivered as promised to Orange County voters for the 22nd consecutive year.
The TOC held its annual Measure M public hearing Tuesday night and found that the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is in compliance with the ordinances that were approved by voters first in 1990 and renewed for 30 years in 2006.
The independent, 11-member oversight committee was formed to monitor OCTA’s use of Measure M funding, approve all changes to the Measure M plan and hold annual public hearings on the expenditure of funds generated by Measure M.
During the past 20 years, the original Measure M half-cent sales tax has made possible more than $4 billion worth of transportation improvements. Since 1990, hundreds of local projects have been completed that help residents travel throughout the county every day. This includes adding 192 freeway lane miles and improving 170 intersections and 38 interchanges. Measure M also made possible Metrolink commuter-rail service in Orange County.
Measure M funding included:
· $1.75 billion to upgrade to every Orange County freeway
· $1.3 billion for city street and road projects
· $1 billion for Metrolink service and senior and disabled bus fare stabilization
The renewed Measure M is expected to generate nearly $15 billion to fund transportation improvements through 2041. Freeways will receive 43 percent of the funding, streets and roads receive 32 percent and transit receives 25 percent of Measure M dollars.
For more information about Measure M or the Taxpayers Oversight Committee, visit www.octa.net/TOC.
To provide comments about Measure M, go to www.octa.net/toc_mpublichearing.
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