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The Measure M Taxpayer Oversight Committee is conducting its 25th annual public hearing on Measure M, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 at the OCTA headquarters, 600 S. Main St. in Orange.

Measure M, administered by the Orange County Transportation Authority, was approved by voters in 1990 and renewed by a vote of nearly 70 percent in 2006. Each year, the committee seeks public input on how funds are being spent.

During the hearing, members of the public will be able to provide comments about Measure M projects.

The independent, 11-member oversight committee was formed to monitor OCTA’s use of Measure M funding, approve changes to the Measure M plan and hold an annual public hearing on how Measure M dollars are spent.

Hundreds of local projects that impact residents on a daily basis have been completed through Measure M funds. These include improvements to every freeway, widened streets, synchronized traffic signals and improved intersections. Measure M also made possible Metrolink commuter-rail service in Orange County.

People who are interested in serving on the oversight committee, recruitment began in March. Orange County residents over age 18 living in the first, third, fourth and fifth Supervisorial Districts are eligible to apply for a three-year term. Potential committee members should demonstrate a history of participating in community activities, ideally with an emphasis on transportation. The Grand Jurors Association of Orange County conducts the recruitment program and recommends qualified candidates for membership.

For more information about Measure M or the Taxpayer Oversight Committee, visit octa.net/TOC.

To provide comments about Measure M, go to octa.net/TOC_MPublicHearing.

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