MEETINGS: A.R.S. §28-6356. E. The citizens transportation oversight committee shall meet at least once each calendar quarter.
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SPECIAL ASSISTANT: Brock Barnhart, Assistant Communication Director, ADOT, (602) 712-4690, e-mail: CTOC@azdot.gov
FORMATION AUTHORITY: A.R.S. 28-6356 (previously 28-1594.04). During the 1994 session, the Legislature established the Citizens Transportation Oversight Committee. In July 1996, House Bill 2172repealed those statutes and established a new Citizens Transportation Oversight Committee.
COMPOSITION: A.R.S. 28-6356. A. A citizens transportation oversight committee is established in counties with a population of one million, two hundred thousand or more persons that have levied a transportation excise tax pursuant to §42-6104. B. The citizens transportation oversight committee consists of the following members who are not elected officials of or employed by this state or any county, city, or town in this state. 1. One member who serves as chairman of the committee and who is appointed by the governor pursuant to §38-211. 2. One member who represents each supervisorial district in the county and who is appointed by the board of supervisors. The board of supervisors shall consult with the mayors of each city and town located within each supervisorial district regarding appointments. At all times during the term, each member appointed pursuant to this paragraph shall legally reside in n different city or town located in the county. Members appointed pursuant to this paragraph shall have expertise in transportation systems or issues. 3. One member who resides in the county and who is appointed by the governor pursuant to §38-211. C. Members shall be appointed for terms of three years. D. The chairman shall also serve as: 1. A non-voting member of the departmental committee established by §28-6951 only for issues relating to the regional freeway system. The chairman may appoint a designee to attend meetings of the departmental committee. 2. A voting member of the governing body of the regional freeway planning agency in the county for all matters relating to the regional transportation plan. 3. A voting member of the transportation policy committee of the regional planning agency under section 28-6308 in the county for all matters relating to the regional transportation plan.
DUTIES AND POWERS: A.R.S. §28-6356 F. The citizens transportation oversight committee shall: 1. Review and advise the board, the governor, the director and the governing body of the regional planning agency and the board of directors of the regional public transportation authority on matters relating to all projects funded pursuant to section 42-6104 and in the regional transportation plan. 2. Review and make recommendations regarding any proposed major revision of the regional transportation plan by the governing body of the regional planning agency pursuant to section 28-6353. For the purposes of this paragraph, major revision means and additions or deletion of a corridor or corridor segment in the regional freeway system. 3. Annually review and comment on the criteria developed pursuant to 28-6354, subsection B. 4. Hold public hearings and issue public reports as it deems appropriate. 5. Annually contract with an independent auditor who is a certified public accountant to conduct a financial compliance audit of all expenditures for the regional area road fund and the public transportation fund and receive the auditor’s report. The department shall reimburse the committee for the cost of this audit from the highway user revenue fund pursuant to 28-6538, subsection B, paragraph 1. 6. In consultation with the auditor general, set parameters for the performance audit prescribed in 41-1279.03, subsection A, paragraph 6 in the county, review the results of the auditor general’s performance audit and make recommendations to the regional planning agency, the regional public transportation authority, the department, the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate and the governor. G. The committee may: 1. Receive written complaints from citizens regarding adverse impacts of any transportation project funded in the regional transportation plan, determine which complaints warrant further review and make recommendations to the state transportation board regarding the complaints. 2. Receive written complaints from citizens relating to the regional planning agency’s responsibilities as prescribed in this chapter, determine which complaints warrant further review and make recommendations to the regional planning agency regarding the complaints. 3. Make recommendations to the regional planning agency, regional public transportation authority and the state transportation board regarding transportation projects and public transportation systems funded in the regional transportation plan, the transportation improvement program, the department’s five-year construction program and the life cycle management program. H. Failure by the citizens transportation oversight committee to act does not bar the governing body of the regional planning agency or the board of directors of the regional public transportation authority from taking action.