Vallecitos isn’t only interested in being transparent.
It wants to be a certified leader in it.
Looking to improve communication between local government and its citizens, in 2013 Vallecitos worked with California State University San Marcos' accounting student Ryan Strausbaugh, who created an easy-to-read Citizen Centric Report for the District's customers. The four-page document details interesting facts and financial statements about the District's water services and follows the standards of the Association of Governmental Accountants.
In 2014, the District received its first Special District Leadership Foundation’s Transparency Certificate of Excellence. By aligning with this non-profit organization looking to promote openness in operations and governance with customers of special districts, Vallecitos was able to showcase its sincerity in assuring ratepayers that the District values their trust and is dedicated to providing the most crystal clear service possible. Furthermore, this openness, which includes public postings and televised broadcast of all Board meetings, strengthens the District’s dedication to efficient and effective operations while at the same time continuing its focus on exceptional and sustainable services.
Once Vallecitos received the “District Transparency Certificate of Excellence” in 2014, the District was then eligible to become a “District of Distinction” by completing additional requirements. To further the Board's commitment to open government, at a regular Board meeting on April 20, 2016, Vallecitos was honored for achieving both the “District Transparency Certificate of Excellence” and “District of Distinction” accreditation by the Special District Leadership Foundation for completing all the essential governance transparency requirements. This included conducting ethics training for all Board members, properly hosting open and public meetings, filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner, and posting transparency requirements on the District's website as highlighted below*. Vallecitos is one of only 28 special districts, out of over 2,000 within the State of California, to obtain the "District of Distinction" recognition.
Website posting requirements*
Board Members and Terms of Office:
Annual Reimbursements Pursuant to Government Code Section 53065.5
Ethics Training Certificates for Board Members