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BTG Citizen Oversight Committee

Bridging the Gap is an opportunity for SDOT to improve Seattle's transportation system for all users with realistic and achievable goals and objectives with built-in systems of accountability.

Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee
Group provides accountability for transportation levy funds

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The next meeting of the Levy Oversight Committee will be held:

Next meeting! 
July 29, 2014
6-8pm
Room 370, City Hall
600 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104


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(all meetings of the Levy Oversight Committee are open to the public)


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For more information about the Committee please contact Krista Bunch at Krista.Bunch@seattle.gov or 206-684-3967


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Oversight Committee – Role and responsibilities

The Bridging the Gap Citizen Oversight Committee serves as a vital mechanism of accountability on how BTG revenues are spent. The Oversight Committee is an advisory body that monitors revenues, expenditures, and program and project implementation. The Oversight Committee advises the City Council, the Mayor, and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) on responding to program and project cost savings or overruns.

In addition the Oversight Committee reviews SDOT's program and project priorities and financial plans, and makes recommendations to the Mayor and the City Council regarding the spending of levy proceeds.  SDOT staffs the Oversight Committee and provides all of the required background and reference materials.

Committee Letter to Community – 2012 Annual Report

The Bridging the Gap Oversight Committee is responsible for providing accountability on the use of BTG funds through monitoring revenues and expenditures and through program and project implementation.

Over the last six years, this committee reviewed BTG projects that serve many users: neighborhoods, commuters, bicyclists, pedestrians, and the freight community.  We actively focused on how BTG program and project funding is being integrated into other planning and programming at the Seattle Department of Transportation.  Most recently, the committee reviewed and commented on the Transit Master Plan and implementation of the Neighborhood Street Fund large project program. 

The committee believes strongly that one way to assure accountability is to be accessible to the public.  To help ensure accessibility, each of our quarterly meetings is open to the public, with time set aside for people to share their views on BTG issues. 

As evidenced in this report, the committee believes excellent progress has been made by SDOT over the first six years of Bridging the Gap.  We look forward to more years of a well-run and highly accountable BTG program.  The committee would like to say thank you to Seattle voters for passing Bridging the Gap in 2006.  The improvements highlighted in this report would not have been possible without the support of Seattle voters. 



In accordance with Council ordinance, the Oversight Committee is composed of 15 members:

  • Chair of the Council Transportation Committee, or designee
  • Director of Finance
  • One representative from each of the following: Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board; Seattle
  • Bicycle Advisory Board; and Seattle Freight Advisory Board
  • 5 Seattle residents appointed by the Mayor, and confirmed by City Council
  • 5 Seattle residents appointed by the City Council


 


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