The bond monitoring committee Prop. M is seeking to fill two vacant seats

Two volunteers are needed to fill the committee, which oversees how the college spends the remaining capital improvement funds from Proposition M, approved by voters in 2006.

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (July 13, 2022) — Palomar College is seeking local residents to fill two vacancies on its Independent Citizen Oversight Committee (ICOC), which reviews expenditures of Proposition M funds. Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday. July 29, 2022.

The following two positions are to be filled this summer:

  • One (1) member of the community at large;
  • And one (1) active member in a bona fide ratepayers association.

Approved by voters in 2006, Prop. M is a $694 million bond measure that enabled the Palomar Community College District (PCCD) to make significant upgrades and improvements to its San Marcos campus; open education centers in Rancho Bernardo and Fallbrook; and fund a variety of other projects over the past 16 years.

The ICOC remains in place while the remaining funds from the general obligations Prop. M are allocated to existing and future projects. The committee is responsible for ensuring that bond proceeds are spent only for the purposes described in Voting Measure Prop. Mr.

Applications for ICOC nomination can be obtained on the Palomar website at http://www.palomar.edu/icoc/ or by contacting Heather Sutton at [email protected] or 760-744-1150 ext. 2116.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must reside in the PCCD, which stretches from Camp Pendleton and part of Oceanside in the west, to Borrego Springs in the east, and the county line of Riverside to Poway and Rancho Penasquitos to the south.

State law requires that ICOC membership include at least one student enrolled and active in a community college support group, such as student government; an active member in a business organization representing the business community; an active member in an association for the elderly; an active member in a taxpayers’ association; an active member in an organization supporting Palomar College, such as the Palomar College Foundation and President’s Associates; and two members of the community at large.

The majority of members should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: large-scale construction operations, municipal/public finance, agency/entity budgeting expertise, and project management. The committee may not include any District employees or officials, or any District vendors, contractors or consultants.

Under ICOC’s statutes approved by the Board of Directors in September 2006, terms are generally two years with a maximum of three consecutive terms. Members are not remunerated. The college anticipates that the ICOC will meet quarterly.

The ICOC bylaws state that the group will receive and review the annual independent performance audit and annual independent financial audit of the district; inspect college facilities and the grounds on which bond proceeds have been or will be spent; review district efforts to maximize bond proceeds; inform the public and the governing board of district bond expenditures; submit an annual written report to the Board of Directors; and provide other information.

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Media contacts:

Julie Lanthier Bandy, Public Affairs, [email protected], 760-744-1150 x2365

Tom Pfingsten, Public Affairs, [email protected], 760-744-1150 x2960

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