Cotati, CA - The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence issued by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance.
“This award is a testament to the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District’s commitment to open government,” said Phil Smith, District Manager. “The entire staff is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and openness.”
To receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of extensive governance transparency requirements, including completing ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports with the State Controller in a timely manner.
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District services approximately 763,000 residents in a nearly 2,300 square mile service area. Each year the District responds to over 4,000 requests for service from the public. Programs and services are funded through property taxes and benefit assessments and are provided at no additional fee to residents in Marin and Sonoma counties.
Founded in 1915, the District protects the health and welfare of the communities it serves from mosquitoes and vector-borne diseases by utilizing cost-effective, environmentally responsible integrated vector management practices.
SDLF 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.
Special districts are independent public agencies that deliver core local services to communities, such as mosquito abatement, water, wastewater treatment, fire protection, parks and recreation, healthcare, sanitation, 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.