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Description of Measure C

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Description of Measure C

    MARIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

    MEASURE C BOND CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

    Annual Report

    For The Period Ending June 30, 2006

Description of Measure C

    On November 2, 2004, voters in Marin County approved Measure C which provided $249.5 million in funding to update, modernize, and retrofit the Marin Community College District serving County residents at the College of Marin Kentfield and Indian Valley Campuses.

Measure C Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee

As provided in Education Code Section 15278, a Citizens’ Oversight Committee was formed by

    the Community College District’s Board of Trustees on February 8, 2005. The committee is

    composed of members that represent student government, the business community, a senior citizen organization, taxpayer association, college support organizations and the community at large. The role of the committee is to inform the public concerning the District’s expenditure of revenues received from the sale of bonds authorized by the voters in the November 2004 general election. In particular, the committee will provide oversight ensuring that:

    1. Bond proceeds are expended only for construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or

    replacement of College facilities in compliance with the projects listed in the Measure C

    ballot language; and that

    2. No funds are used for teacher or administrator salaries or for other college operating

    expenses.

To carry out its role, the Citizens Oversight Committee may:

    1. Receive and review copies of the annual independent performance audit conducted to ensure

    that the bond revenue has been expended only on the specific projects listed in the bond

    proposition;

    2. Receive and review copies of the annual independent financial audit of the bond revenue;

    3. Inspect college facilities and grounds to ensure that the bond revenue is expended in

    compliance with the requirements of paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) of Section 1 of Article

    XIIIA of the California Constitution;

    4. Receive and review copies of deferred maintenance proposals or plans developed by the

    district; and

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    5. Review efforts by the district to maximize bond revenues by implementing various cost

    saving measures.

    At the end of this reporting period the Committee had seven members whose terms expire in May 2007 and seven members whose terms expire in May 2008.

Meetings

    Since its formation in February 2005 (to the end of this reporting period), the committee has met seven times. Minutes of the meetings are posted on the District website and are available to the public. Locations of meetings are announced in advance through the publication of the individual agenda and posted on the District website. The committee meetings have been held at the Kentfield Campus.

During the reporting period (July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006), the Citizens Oversight Committee

    met on five occasions (September 13, 2005; November 29, 2005; February 28, 2006; April 4, 2006; and May 30, 2006). In these meetings the committee extended terms for six members, discussed a member replacement policy, and set a long-term timeline for meetings. The committee has also developed and/or reviewed processes and procedures and heard several reports from staff on bond activities. Finally, the committee developed processes for handling audits, and reviewed the results of the final audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005 and the draft audit for the six-month period ending December 31, 2005.

Major Bond Activity July 1, 2005 June 30, 2006

    ; Under the leadership of Interim Director Jose Nunez, Swinerton Management & Consulting

    and Steinberg Architects guided the District’s engineering consultants through a thorough

    facilities assessment in preparation for developing a bond plan.

    ; Several small (~$1 million) infrastructure projects were initiated (e.g., fire mitigation at IVC

    and demolition of the Larkspur Annex at KTD) under Swinerton’s management.

    ; In Spring 2006 the District convened a series of community forums and public charettes to

    gather constituent ideas and preferences for refinement of the bond plan.

    ; In May 2006 the District hired V-Anne Chernock as full-time Director of Modernization.

    ; In June 2006 the District presented a long-range vision to the Board, from which the bond

    plan would be developed over the next several months.

Audit Results

The accounting firm of Perry Smith, LLP conducted a fiscal year financial and performance

    review for the 2004-2005 fiscal year and another for the six-month period July 1 December 31,

    2005. In both cases the firm found that the bond fund financial statements present fairly the financial position and results of operations for the fund.

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    As part of a performance reviews, Perry Smith reviewed 76% of the expenditures for the 2004-2005 fiscal year and 60% of the expenditures for the six month July December 2005 period.

    The firm found that the use of funds was consistent with the stated purposes of the bond measure that was approved by voters. The performance audit found one expenditure coded to an incorrect construction project.

    The Measure C Citizens’ Oversight Committee reviewed the final FY 2004-2005 audit on February 28, 2006 and draft six-month July-December 2005 audit on May 30, 2006.

Conclusion

    The committee is pleased with the results of the District's efforts on the Measure C bond program through June 30, 2006.

    More detailed information about the College District's bond projects, timelines, and expenditures-to-date are available on the District's web page: www.marin.edu. From the first

    page, under “About the Collegeclick on "Measure C Updates” and “Citizen’s Oversight

    Committee” where you will find minutes, agendas and reports considered by the Citizens’

    Oversight Committee. Measure C Updates allows you to view the bond project lists and other bond-related information. If you still have questions or concerns, please contact the Citizens

    Oversight Committee c/o Melinda Molloy at 415-485-9508, e-mail Melinda.Molloy@marin.edu.

    The College of Marin Citizens Oversight Committee invites community members to attend its meetings held at the College of Marin, Kentfield, CA 94904. All meetings are open to the public; meeting dates, locations and agendas are posted on the District web site.

Measure C Citizens’ Oversight Committee: (As of June 30, 2006)

Dr. William Levinson, Chair

    Ross Millerick, Co-Chair

Members:

Richard Biegel

    Ted Bright

    Joan Capurro

    R.J. de Recat

    Julie Grantz

    Klif Knoles

    Nancy McCarthy

    Roberta Michels

    Perry Newman

    Bill Scott

    Dr. Lawrence Witter

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