County of Marin Appointed Director of Finance, Measure B (November 2008)

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A County of Marin Appointed Director of Finance, Measure B ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Marin County, where it was approved.

Measure B was also known as the Fiscal Management Consolidation Act.

Measure B consolidated the elected offices of auditor-controller and treasurer-tax collector into an appointed position hired by and reportable to the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

Election results

Measure B
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 71,158 59.48%
No48,48240.52%
These final, certified, election results are from the Marin County elections office.

Independence/accountability

Richard Arrow, the then-current elected auditor, reflected on whether changing the position to an appointed position would ultimately reduce the independence of the person who holds the office.[1]

Support

Susan Adams, Marinwood, who represented the First District of the Marin Board of Supervisors, argued in favor of passing Measure B. She said it is a good idea because:

  • In her view, it will increase public accountability and oversight of county finances.
  • It allows Marin County to recruit for the position more broadly than an elected official does, because an elected official has to live in the country.
  • Saves money.[2]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE B: "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?"[3]

See also

External links

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References

  1. Marin Independent Journal, "The cost of consolidation," October 6, 2008
  2. Marin Independent Journal, "Measure B increases accountability"
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.