After voter approval of the Library Parcel Tax measure
in November 2004, the City Council appointed the Library Commission
as the Citizen Oversight Committee to conduct an annual public
hearing and prepare an annual report informing the Council
and public of the appropriateness of expenditures and the
results of the annual audit on or before December 31st of
The ballot measure reads as follows:
To support neighborhood libraries, including: buying needed
books and materials; preventing severe reductions in hours;
preventing deep cuts in children’s reading programs;
shall the City of San Jose replace the expiring library assessment
with an annual parcel tax in the same amount, $25 for single-family
residences and proportional for other properties, adjusted
for inflation capped at 3% annually, limited to ten years
and subject to independent audits and citizen oversight?
The Library Parcel Tax proceeds are to be used for library
purposes only, including but not limited to the acquisition
of library books and materials, the costs of maintaining library
collections; the development and delivery of homework and
educational programs; the repair, equipping and staffing of
libraries; and the cost of collection and administration of
the Library Parcel Tax.
RELATIONSHIPS: The City Council
is the final decision making body of the City, and the Committee
acts on all matters referred to it by the Council. In its
capacity as an advisory body, the Committee works most closely
with the Library Department.
Members of the Committee must live in San Jose. Committee
Members must have a keen interest in the library system and
the communities it serves, and should be able to work well
with other Library Commissioners, staff and the public.
Citizen Oversight Committee typically meets on the second
Wednesday of each December at 7:00 P.M. at the Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando Street, 2nd
Floor,Conference Room (225/229). Committee Members spend 4-6
hours preparing for and attending the regular meeting.
BENEFITS: There is no compensation
for Committee members. However, from time to time, Committee
members may be reimbursed for some expenses incurred on City
POLITICAL REFORM ACT OF 1974
AS AMENDED: The Conflict of Interests
Section of the Political Reform Act applies to the Citizen
Oversight Committee; however, Committee Members are not required
to file a Statement of Economic Interests.
APPOINTMENT PROCESS :
As the Library Commission was appointed by City Council
as the Citizen Oversight Committee, the following text makes
reference to the Library Commission. All applications
received are submitted to the Project Diversity Screening
Committee for review according to the needs of the Commission
as specified in a Needs Assessment Memo. Applications will
be forwarded to the City Attorney for a Conflict of Interest
review and thereafter, the applicants will be asked to appear
before the Screening Committee Members for an interview. Following
interviews, the Screening Committee will develop a list of
applicants which will be submitted to the Council Member Liaison
to the Commission. The Liaison will forward the list to the
Rules Committee of Council either with or without a supplemental
recommendation. The City Council makes the final appointment
to the Commission based on Rules Committee recommendations.
ATTENDANCE: Committee Members
are expected to attend all Commission meetings. San Jose Municipal
Code Section 2.08.060 specifies that a Commissioner who has
unexcused absences from any three consecutive regular meetings,
or 20% of the meetings in a calendar year, is deemed to have
resigned from the Commission.
For further information about the Citizens Oversight Committee
for the Library Parcel Tax, please contact the Library Commission
Staff at (408) 808-2355.