For Immediate Release
February 7, 2017
Contact: Melanie Mow Schumacher
Phone: 831-475-8501 x153
Soquel Creek Water District Receives “Operating Budget Excellence Award”
District’s second award this year recognizes budgetary excellence
Soquel, CA (February 7, 2017) – Soquel Creek Water District is proud to announce that it has received the highest honor from the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) – an “Operating Budget Excellence Award” for its fiscal year 2016/17 budget.
This award spotlights the District’s dedication and ongoing commitment to providing the most comprehensive, precise, understandable, and useful budget document possible. In honoring the District, the CSMFO award recognizes the quality of the District’s budget and budgeting processes, its adherence to top standards of financial management, and the achievement of the foremost level of excellence in its budgeting efforts.
“It is important as a public organization that we constantly seek to build trust in the services we provide to our community,” said Leslie Strohm, Financial and Business Services Manager. “The feedback we receive from the award submission process is an important step in refining the quality and transparency of our financial information.”
The CSMFO award comes less than a month after the District received the "Distinguished Budget Presentation Award" from another organization, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. That award also illustrates the exceptional quality of the District’s budget – together, the awards represent a remarkable level of peer recognition for the District’s budget documentation.
“These two awards really honor the professional abilities and dedication of our staff in meeting very high financial reporting standards, while offering a budget that is well-organized, logical, and accessible to the public,” said District General Manager Ron Duncan. “We’re very proud to receive the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting, and our finance staff is to be congratulated for both these awards!”
The District’s fiscal year 2016-17 budget is available online at www.soquelcreekwater.org/transparency-center/finance-and-budget (scroll down to “Budgets”).
About Soquel Creek Water District
The Soquel Creek Water District is a nonprofit, local government agency that provides water resource management within its service area to deliver a safe and reliable supply of high-quality water to meet present and future needs in an environmentally sensitive and economically responsible way.