San Jacinto Valley Cemetery receives award

District recognized for the fourth time for “District of Distinction”

■ By Carol Griese / Contributed

The San Jacinto Valley Cemetery District received the “District of Distinction” accreditation by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) for its sound fiscal management policies and practices in district operations. This is the fourth time San Jacinto Valley Cemetery District has received this biannual accreditation.
“SDLF provides an independent audit review of the last three years of the district’s operations to ensure prudent fiscal practices,” said Neil McCormick, SDLF Chief Executive Officer. The committee members who review the audits are volunteers from the special district community, including district controllers, directors of finance and certified general managers.
In addition, the district’s board of directors and executive staff must also show proof of educational training in public governance, as well as compliance with ethics and harassment prevention training.
Furthermore, in order to receive the recognition, the district’s website must include posting of transparency requirements, including: election procedure and deadlines, posted board meeting schedule and agendas, current district budget, most recent financial audit, and a list of compensation of board members and staff or a link to the State Controller’s webpage with the data.
San Jacinto Valley Cemetery District’s mission statement is: “Within the parameters of our authority, resources and ability, our mission is to provide a cost-effective interment of human remains consistent with the needs of those we serve; and, to maintain an attractive, safe and serene environment for our wards, community, families and friends.”
SDLF 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.

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