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July 24, 2012 > VTA 2000 Measure A tax audit successful

VTA 2000 Measure A tax audit successful

Submitted By Brandi Childress

In November 2000, Santa Clara County voters approved Measure A, a 30-year half-cent sales tax dedicated to enhancing the county's public transit system. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is responsible for delivery of that promise by investing the sales tax revenue collected since April 2006.

The Measure A Citizens Watchdog Committee (CWC) provides the public with an update on project progress over the life of the tax which is set to expire in April 2036. The CWC has completed its review of Fiscal Year 2011 (July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011) expenditures, evaluated the results of an independent audit of Measure A financial records and conducted a public hearing in May 2012 to gather input from the community. After thorough review and careful consideration of all information and input received, it is the conclusion of the CWC that, for FY 2011, 2000 Measure A tax dollars were spent in accordance with the intent of the measure.

Accomplishments include: acquisition of property and the relocation of utilities and freight railroad tracks to prepare the corridor for the BART Silicon Valley Extension Project; purchase of 70 low-floor light rail vehicles; implementation of VTA's 522 Rapid Bus express service; construction of Caltrain Safety Enhancements at eight at-grade railroad crossings in Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto; and the beginning of construction of the first phase of the Capitol Expressway Light Rail Project, which includes pedestrian improvements along Capitol Avenue.

"The Citizens Watchdog Committee commends VTA staff for their continued efforts to adopt innovative business models and practices while identifying additional funding sources to augment the sales receipts of Measure A in order to successfully move Measure A projects forward," said CWC Chairperson Clinton W. Brownley.

The complete list of accomplishments in the first five years of the Measure A program and the CWC Annual Report is available for public review at www.vta.org. Additionally, printed copies of this report are available at libraries and other public buildings throughout the county and at the VTA Administration Offices located at 3331 North First Street, San Jose, in the Building B Lobby.

CWC members and VTA staff are available to meet with community and civic groups to provide information about the 2000 Measure A program, the CWC's role and responsibilities, the Annual Report and findings and other VTA projects, programs and services by contacting VTA's Speakers Bureau at (408) 321-5965.

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