Laguna Beach County Water District honored

Laguna Beach County Water District (district) has announced that it was recently honored for financial stability efforts by being awarded the prestigious California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSFMO) Meritorious Award for Operating Budgeting for 2023.

“It is an honor to be recognized for the efforts the district is taking to ensure rate payer money is spent wisely,” said Keith Van Der Maaten, Laguna Beach County Water District general manager. “It is a commitment from all levels, including the district’s board, commission, management and staff, as we continue our efforts to meet the highest principles of transparency in financial reporting.”

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(L-R) LBCWD General Manager Keith Van Der Maaten, LBCWD Manager of Financial and Administrative Services Brian Jewett, Ph.D. and Laguna Beach Mayor and LBCWD Board President Sue Kempf

Founded in 1957, the CSMFO is a statewide organization serving all California municipal finance professionals. The CSMFO Budget Awards Program is designed to recognize those agencies whose budget documents meet certain state-wide standards and requirements considered to be of the highest quality. The award represents significant accomplishment by a government and its leadership in meeting high standards and setting an example by encouraging others in their efforts to achieve and maintain an appropriate standard of excellence.

The district’s annual budget was judged by an impartial panel, which determined that it embodied the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the budget document.

“This honor validates our dedication and hundreds of hours of work on behalf of the residents we serve,” said Brian Jewett, Ph.D., the district’s financial and administrative services manager. “Staff showed great focus and determination in preparing a budget document that serves as an excellent planning, financial management and public education tool.”

Laguna Beach County Water District provides water service to 19,000 residents within an 8.5-square-mile area of Laguna Beach. The district’s mission is to furnish a high quality, reliable water supply in a financially responsible manner, while promoting water-use efficiency.

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