FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District Receives Awards
Burlingame, CA – Sept. 7, 2021 – The San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District recently received three awards recognizing its commitment to governmental transparency and fiscal accountability.
“These awards are a testament to the San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District’s dedication to open government and fiscal responsibility,” said Brian Weber, General Manager. “Our staff is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight.”
The District received two awards from the California Special District Leadership Foundation. The Transparency Certificate of Excellence distinguishes the District’s outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance, while the “District of Distinction” accreditation recognizes the District’s sound fiscal management policies and practices in district operations.
In addition, the District was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020.
To receive the awards, the District demonstrated governance transparency requirements, including:
- Conducting ethics and harassment prevention training for all board members and executive staff.
- Properly conducting open and public meetings.
- Filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.
- Posting board meeting schedule, agendas, and election procedures on the District website.
- Posting current District budget and most recent financial audit on the District website.
- Posting a list of compensation of board members and staff on District website, or posting a link to the State Controller’s webpage with the data.
- Demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the District’s financial story and motivate people to read the District’s financial report.
It is the mission of San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District to safeguard the health and comfort of the citizens of San Mateo County through a planned program to monitor and reduce mosquitoes and other vectors.
The California Special District Leadership Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs.
The Government Finance Officers Association advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the communities they serve.
Special districts are independent public agencies that deliver core local services to communities, such as water, wastewater treatment, fire protection, parks and recreation, healthcare, sanitation, mosquito abatement, ports, libraries, public cemeteries and more. Districts are established by voters, and their funding is approved by voters to meet specific needs through focused service. They can be specially molded to serve large regions or small neighborhoods depending on the need.
Rachel Curtis-Robles, PhD
Public Health Education and Outreach Officer
1351 Rollins Rd
Burlingame, CA 94010