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Tuesday, Dec 18 2012 12:03 AM

Water district receives praise for finance

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Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District General Manager John Martin shows off the 2012 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award presented by the Government Finance Officers Association. Photo by Matthew Martz / Tehachapi News

Clearly communicating the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District's financial story, earned it recognition for the third year in a row, as the district was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting presented by the Government Finance Officers Association.

Initially acknowledged in August for the district's comprehensive annual report for fiscal year 2011, the wooden plague engraved with the district's commemorative inscription arrived earlier this month, taking its place with the preceding pair on the boardroom wall.

The award, established in 1945, is the highest honor bestowed on municipal governments for financial reporting that goes beyond minimum requirements in demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure and transparency."

General Manager John Martin, who began working at the district in 2008, and is responsible for the activities evaluated for the recognition, said the award gives the public confidence that the numbers that are in the district's annual report are accurate and trustworthy.

"It's something that really benefits the people, because they have a document that they can look at and understand," Martin said. "There is a lot of hard work that goes into preparing the annual report and I think the district should to take a lot of pride in it."

During November's directors meeting, the board approved Martin's request to receive and file the audited 2012 comprehensive annual financial report, which will be posted to the district's website sometime within the next two weeks.

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