Nipomo Community Services District has once again been recognized for its efforts to promote transparency and good governance.
The district received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation this year, according to a district news release. The CSD also won the award in 2014.
The Special District Leadership Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs.
In order to receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of "eight essential governance transparency requirements," according to the news release. These include conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.
The district also fulfilled 15 website requirements, including providing readily available information to the public, such as board agendas, past minutes, current district budget and the most recent financial audit. The district must also demonstrate that it involves the public in its governance, through a regular newsletter and an annual informational public budget hearing.