Sacramento voters recently approved a new version of the City’s Measure U sales tax, extending it and raising it from a half-cent to a full cent.

The measure now is expected generate $95 million annually for the City, and you can help decide how some of that money is spent.

The City of Sacramento is accepting applications from people interested in serving on the new Measure U Community Advisory Committee. 

Should funds go to job creation? Job training? Affordable housing? All of the above?

The committee will have a voice in where resources go and how much is allocated.

If you are interested in applying, visit the Boards & Commissions section of the City’s website and type “Measure U” into the search bar. Candidates should select “Measure U Community Advisory Committee” for their application. The application period will remain open until 5 p.m. Jan. 9, 2019.

“Transparency and fiscal responsibility are of utmost importance to me and to the City of Sacramento,” said City Manager Howard Chan. “This new advisory committee will help make sure tax dollars are being spent wisely and in ways that best serve all of our communities.”

As approved by the Council on Oct. 2, the new Measure U Community Advisory Committee will have 15 members, nine appointed by the Mayor and Council members from each council district and six by the Personnel & Public Employees Committee, which will select candidates based on the list of criteria below:

  • One member between 16 and 24 years old
  • One member with professional experience in affordable housing, homelessness, or rental housing issues
  • One member representing a taxpayer organization
  • One member with professional experience in business, economic development or workforce development
  • One member with professional experience in community trauma, mental health, or community-based crime reduction
  • One member with professional experience with youth-focused adult education, public health, or environmental justice organizations

Please indicate on your application whether you qualify under more than one of these categories. All members must live in the City of Sacramento.

City Council members will select their nominees in late January. The Personnel & Public Employees Committee will interview the remaining qualified candidates on Feb. 5, 2019. The Council is expected to confirm the final six members at its meeting on March 5, 2019.

The City expects to convene the first meetings of the new committee in March and hold several meetings in the initial months. At their first meeting, and annually thereafter, the committee shall establish a calendar setting the time and place for regular meetings to be held no less than four times per year. Meetings are typically held in the evening in the City Council Chambers of Sacramento City Hall, 915 I St., Sacramento.

The Community Advisory Committee is responsible for providing recommendations on how to allocate resources to support inclusive community economic development to the City Council, which will make the final decisions. Committee members also will advise the City Council on priorities and review the performance of Measure U expenditures.

The Mayor and City Council, together with City staff, are also working to establish a group of investment experts that will provide input to stakeholders on which investments will lead to inclusive economic growth.