Former officials on tap for oversight committee |

Former officials on tap for oversight committee

A slew of community members will be appointed to myriad Grass Valley commissions today, including one dedicated to act as a watchdog of revenue from a voter-approved sales tax increase.

Most of the proposed commissioners previously awaiting city council approval are former council members themselves and other local politicos.

Among them are former council members Yolada Cookson and Chauncey Poston, former planning commissioners Larry Hoffman and Patti Ingram Spencer. Also up for consideration are Ed Thomas, Jim Firth, Bill Drow and Bill Clark.

When two-thirds of Grass Valley voters approved Measure N earlier this month, one of the selling points was the citizen oversight committee to review the $2.4 million estimated to be brought in annually and make sure the funds are going where officials told voters it would go, as well as to review future expenditures.

While tax revenue funds are allocated to the city’s general fund, the city outlined hiring additional police officers, 2.5 firefighters and prioritizing city street maintenance top goals.

The police department had indicated that without the measure, lesser crimes would not receive priority responses and other services would be cut.

Since the economic downturn, Grass Valley’s estimated nearly $10.1 million general fund is $1.5 million lower than its fiscal year 2007-08 peak at nearly $11.56 million. The half-cent tax will take effect April 1 with funds coming into the city starting in June. City staff proposes those funds be incorporated into the 2013-14 budget.

Charged with reviewing and advising the city’s expenditure of from Measure N, a voter-approved half-cent local sales tax measure, the oversight committee will also be tasked with advising the abolition of the tax measure should the city’s tax revenues return to pre-recession levels — another of the selling points.

Other committees up for appointees include the historical commission, the parks and recreation commission, the personnel commission and the planning commission.

The Grass Valley City Council will meet to discuss these and other matters starting at 7 p.m. today at the city hall, located at 125 E. Main St.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, e-mail or call 530-477-4236.

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