October 20, 2020

Department of Transportation and Infrastructure advisory board

If passed, this measure would create an unpaid, 19-member Board of Transportation and Infrastructure. Denver City Council members would appoint 13 of those board members and the mayor would appoint the remainder. The board would then advise the head of the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure on policy and operations. It would also review and comment on the department’s annual budget.

The case for: The board could offer additional oversight and expertise for the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, the budget for which comprises a substantial amount of the entire city’s budget and covers important public works projects and improvements.

The case against: It’s unclear whether the board would have substantial mechanisms to ensure its recommendations are followed. Also, additional board review procedures could slow public works projects and the budget process.

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