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Fiscal Management Consolidation Act
County of Marin
Majority Approval Required
Pass: 71158 / 59.48% Yes votes ...... 48482 / 40.52% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Jan 5 11:00am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (189/189)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
Shall the County of Marin establish an appointed director of finance consolidating the offices of auditor, controller, tax collector and treasurer, and create an appointed public administrator, with the provision that an annual independent audit be conducted and that the director of finance can only be removed with a public hearing and 4/5 vote of the Board of Supervisors?
If approved by a majority of the voters, the new position would be established at the expiration of the remaining terms of both the current elected Auditor-Controller and elected Treasurer-Tax Collector, which is December 31, 2010 or the resignation of both office-holders, whichever came first. The office of Public Administrator would become an appointive office at the expiration of the remaining term of the Treasurer-Tax Collector-Public Administrator.
The Director of Finance could only be removed by a public hearing and a 4/5 vote of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. An outside independent audit would be conducted annually to verify proper financial management of this new office. A Financial Audit Advisory Committee, consisting of Board members, County staff, residents, and representatives of schools, cities, and special districts, would be established to review the annual independent audit and provide input into the County's financial management.
Dated: August 14, 2008
s/PATRICK K. FAULKNER
|Arguments For Measure B|
We urge a yes vote on Measure B. As the County faces serious budget shortfalls, it's important to consider options to save taxpayer money and provide more efficient and effective services. The announced retirement of the Auditor-Controller provides an opportunity to modernize the County's financial management structure.
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place Measure B on the November ballot to combine the elected Auditor-Controller and Treasurer-Tax Collector and establish an appointed Director of Finance accountable to the elected supervisors. Based on the experience of other counties, we estimate that this change would result in net savings of at least $100,000 per year.
An appointed position would allow the County to raise the minimum qualifications and professional standards to oversee our increasingly complex financial operations. To ensure independent fiscal oversight, this position could only be removed with a public hearing and a 4/5 vote of the Board of Supervisors. Proper financial management will be verified annually by an outside independent auditor and by an advisory oversight committee including public representatives.
The current structure does not reflect the increased integration of financial services in modern organizations. Several counties such as Santa Clara, Sacramento, Kings, Glenn and Mono have successfully transitioned to this organizational structure and have saved taxpayer money and improved performance. In addition, this structure is used by nearly all city governments, including those in Marin County.
Marin has successfully consolidated offices in the past to streamline government. Creating a single finance department will provide greater accountability and allow the implementation of financial best practices. An appointed position allows us to recruit beyond county borders, expanding the number of interested and qualified candidates for this specialized position.
Measure B is an important step in modernizing the County's financial management for the 21st century.
(No arguments against Measure B were submitted)
|Full Text of Measure B|
|A RESOLUTION OF THE MARIN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CALLING A SPECIAL ELECTION TO SUBMIT TO THE VOTERS OF MARIN COUNTY A PROPOSAL ENTITLED "THE FISCAL MANAGEMENT CONSOLIDATION ACT," AND ORDERING THAT THE SPECIAL ELECTION BE CONSOLIDATED WITH THE STATEWIDE ELECTION TO BE CONDUCTED ON NOVEMBER 4, 2008
WHEREAS, effective and accurate financial management of the County is critical to ensuring financial integrity, promoting accountability in government, and maintaining public trust; and
WHEREAS, multiple departments currently are responsible for financial management of the County, including the auditor-controller and treasurer-tax collector; and
WHEREAS, the current auditor-controller is intending to retire before the expiration of the position's current term of office, creating an opportunity for the voters of the County to consider making structural changes to offices handling financial management of the County; and
WHEREAS, to modernize financial management and improve efficiency and effectiveness, several California counties have created a director of finance position appointed by the Board of Supervisors; and
WHEREAS, the creation of an appointed director of finance position that combines the offices of auditor-controller and treasurer-tax collector can provide greater integration of financial management of County resources and lead to a number of potential benefits:
WHEREAS, reorganization and consolidation would be scheduled to coincide with the completion of elected officials' terms to allow for a well-planned transition and a coordinated integration of functions, including an appointed public administrator; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Marin County Board of Supervisors that pursuant to Elections Code Section 12001, Government Code Section 26980, Government Code Section 24009, and Elections Code Section 9140, a special election is hereby called and ordered to be held within Marin County on November 4, 2008, to submit to the voters of Marin County the following proposal:
"Shall the County of Marin establish an appointed director of finance consolidating the offices of auditor, controller, tax collector and treasurer, and create an appointed public administrator, with the provision that an annual independent audit be conducted and that the director of finance can only be removed with a public hearing and 4/5 vote of the Board of Supervisors?"
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that pursuant to Elections Code Sections 10400 et seq., the special election called by this resolution shall be, and is hereby, ordered to be consolidated with the statewide election to be held on November 4, 2008.
PASSED AND ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Marin held on this 5th day of August 2008 by the following vote:
AYES: SUPERVISORS Steve Kinsey, Judy Arnold, Susan L. Adams, Charles McGlashan NOES: NONE ABSENT: SUPERVISOR Harold C. Brown, Jr.