Question: Is it true that the California state seismic standards are being changed and possibly relaxed? If so, how will that affect how the Health System spends money to meet the seismic retrofit requirements at Tahoe Forest Hospital?
Answer: While some requirements are changing, the bottom line for Tahoe Forest Hospital is our buildings are not compliant, even with the relaxed requirements. Tahoe Forest Hospital must comply by 2013.
Question: What involvement does the Citizens Oversight Committee (COC) have in the decision-making of the Health System as it relates to the budgeting, project planning, project design or allocation of Measure C funds?
Answer: The COC’s formal responsibilities are the regular review of expenditures of the bond proceeds to oversee that the proceeds were spent according to Measure C language and intent, and keeping the community informed about those expenditures. The COC has no authority over the planning or design of the buildings, nor the allocation of Measure C funds. However, the Hospital District has made clear its intentions that all the COC members will be kept informed on progress and decisions. If the COC determines it wishes to advise the TFHD Board of related matters, the Board and staff have indicated they would welcome input related to the appropriate spending of the Measure C proceeds.
Question: What entity has decision-making authority as it relates to budgeting, project planning, project design, or allocation of Measure C Funds?
Answer: The District’s Planning Committee is overseeing the project from the front end, and those meetings are all open to the public. The Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors is the ultimate decision-making body with respect to all matters related to Measure C funds.
Question: How will the COC’s findings be communicated?
Answer: The COC will review and analyze annual independent audit reports in addition to its ongoing review of the expenditure of Measure C funds. Its findings will be communicated to the TFHD Board, and to the community via this website and other available media.
Question: How does the Citizens Oversight Committee assure Measure C funds are expended properly?
Answer: Monthly balance sheet and profit and loss statements provided by the Tahoe Forest Hospital District are reviewed by the committee. In addition, project invoices are selected monthly for analysis. Back-up documentation is requested and reviewed for large invoices, new vendor invoices, plus a random selection from all invoices.
Question: Who selects the members who serve on the Citizens Oversight Committee?
Answer: The Board of Directors of the Tahoe Forest Hospital District appoints members representing a diverse spectrum of community members as outlined in the Citizens Oversight Committee bylaws. Typically, the public is solicited for applications to be considered for appointment.
Question: How much of the bond funds have been spent so far?
Answer: As of December 31, 2013, approximately $77,022,018 has been spent on Measure C projects, including hard and soft costs.