Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC)

NVTA-TA and the Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA) share common Boards and are administered by common staffs.  NVTA is a joint powers authority (JPA) established in June of 1998.  The JPA is made of Napa County and the Cities and Town located in Napa.  The work activities of NVTA are defined by the joint powers agreement and overseen by the Board of Directors made up of elected officials from the respective member agencies, and an ex-officio member from the Paratransit Coordinating Council (PCC).  The NVTA serves as the Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for Napa County.  NVTA is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of the Cities, Town, and County of Napa. NVTA is responsible for distributing state and federal transportation funds for local projects.  NVTA prepares the county’s short- and long-term transportation plans, and works closely with its local, regional, state and federal partners to improve Napa County’s streets, highways, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  NVTA also manages the Vine Transit bus system, providing local fixed-route service in Napa, door-to-door paratransit and community shuttles, and regional express bus service throughout the North Bay.

The Napa Valley Transportation Authority-Tax Agency (NVTA) is the local transportation sales tax authority.  On November 6, 2012, the voters in Napa County approved Measure T, the Napa Countywide Road Maintenance Act.  Measure T is a ½% sales tax expected to generate roughly $300 million over a 25-year period beginning July 1, 2018, when the Measure A Flood Tax expires, and is to be used for the rehabilitation of local streets and roads.  

In preparation of the Measure T Ballot measure, NVTA-TA developed an expenditure plan, which was approved by NVTA.  The expenditure plan can be viewed at

The expenditure plan requires that NVTA-TA appoint members to the ITOC.  In accordance with the Expenditure Plan and Ordinance, the ITOC will be tasked with:

Review of fiscal and program performance of the retail transaction and use tax transportation program through a biennial performance audit to ensure that all transportation retail transactions and use tax revenues are spent by the Authority in accordance with all provisions of the voter-approved Expenditure Plan and Ordinance

The Expenditure Plan and Ordinance requires an open selection process for the ITOC, which will be made up of (7) Committee members who are residents of the County of Napa possessing the following credentials:

a) One member who is a professional, retired or active, in the field of municipal audit, finance, and/or budgeting with a minimum of five years in a relevant and senior decision-making position in the public or private sector

b) One member who is a licensed civil engineer, retired or active, with at least five years of demonstrated experience in the fields of transportation in government and/or private sector

c) One member who is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and experience in financial audits

d) One member shall be a representative of a Napa region Chamber of Commerce

e) One member from a bona fide taxpayers association

f) Two members from the public at-large

These members will constitute the voting members of ITOC.  In addition, the NVTA/NVTA-TA Chair and Executive Director, the Chair of the NVTA Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and the County Auditor-Controller will serve as non-voting ex-officio members of the ITOC. 

The voting Committee members will serve will serve four-year terms.

The voting Committee members shall receive a stipend of $250 per quarterly meeting.   

The voting Committee members cannot be current local elected officials in Napa County or a full time staff member of any city, town or county government, a local transit operator, or state transportation agency. 

ITOC voting members shall have no legal action pending against the Authority and are prohibited from participating in any commercial activity directly or indirectly involving the Authority or NVTA, such as being a consultant or vendor to the Authority or NVTA during their ITOC tenure.

ITOC voting members shall not have direct and/or indirect commercial interest or employment with any public or private entity which receives transportation retail transactions and use tax revenues authorized by this Ordinance.

We are currently seeking one public at-large member and one CPA to serve on the committee.

To apply for an open position:

Click here to apply online


Click here to download an application, then submit your completed application and resume to NVTA-TA ITOC by: (1) delivered/mailed to the Napa Valley Transportation Authority-Tax Agency, Attention: Board Secretary, 625 Burnell Street Napa, CA 94559, (2) faxing to Board Secretary at (707) 259-8638, or (3) Email to the Board Secretary a  Position will be open until filled.

Please direct any questions to Laura Sanderlin, Secretary of the Board ( or 707-259-8633).