City Invites Citizens to Oversee Community Enhancement Fun

Rancho Cordova, CA  |  By Russell Hartley, City of Rancho Cordova

Rancho Cordova, CA (MPG) - The City of Rancho Cordova is calling for applications for the Community Enhancement Fund (CEF) Citizen Oversight Board. With the passage of Measure H, a half-cent sales tax measure in 2014, the City Council had expressed great interest in establishing an oversight board comprised of Rancho Cordovans that would review the manner in which Community Enhancement Funds were spent. This citizen-run board would add an extra layer of transparency to the community and the use of taxpayers’ dollars, and will have the opportunity to provide feedback to further improve the usage of the fund and the development of the community.

The roles and responsibilities of the Community Enhancement Fund Oversight Board members will be as follows: Review the accomplishments achieved with Community Enhancement Fund dollars for each fiscal year to be highlighted in the annual Community Enhancement Fund Citizen Report and provide feedback to staff.; Confirm the amount of revenues received in the prior fiscal year in comparison to the budget; Review actual expenditures to ensure that they were in alignment with the Community Enhancement Fund grant awards and budget allocation approved by the City Council, Review each Community Enhancement Fund grantee’s compliance with the City’s reporting requirements and make recommendations to exclude non complying organizations from future award cycles to the City Council for consideration. Any amended or additional responsibilities as determined by a majority vote of the full City Council.

Board members will serve a two-year term on the Community Enhancement Fund Oversight Board, and must be at least 18 years of age or older, a full-time resident of Rancho Cordova, a registered voter of Rancho Cordova, and shall not be a direct recipient of Community Enhancement Fund monies.

Student at-large appointees will utilize a separate application process. In-person applications are due by Friday, January 12, and online applications are due by Monday, January 15. To learn more about this opportunity and how to apply, interested residents should and click on “Community Enhancement Fund.”