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Zone 7 earns Budget Excellence Award

Agency honored for 2018-19 financial document

The Zone 7 Water Agency was recently recognized for high-level municipal budgeting by peers in the public finance field.

The California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) selected Zone 7 to receive an Operating Budget Excellence Award for the Tri-Valley agency's 2018-19 budget document.

This marks the fourth straight year Zone 7 was honored by the CSMFO's award program, which aims to single out public agencies that have prepared a budget document that meets the highest criteria and standards applied to municipal budgeting.

"We are honored to receive this award, a recognition of the agency's efforts to put forth a clear and detailed budget document to the public," Zone 7 Board President Angela Ramirez Holmes said in a statement last week. "The award validates the board's continuing commitment to fiscal accountability and transparency."

To receive the Excellence Award, a governmental body must publish a budget document that meets programmatic criteria as a policy document, an operations guide, a financial plan and a communication device, according to Zone 7 officials.

The CSMFO has two different budget awards that are presented to public agencies. The initial level is a Meritorious Budget Award and the advanced level is an Excellence in Budgeting Award -- with Zone 7 earning the highest-level rating.

Zone 7 General Manger Valerie Pryor praised the agency's leadership team for the award, saying she was "pleased that the Zone 7 Finance Team was recognized for its commitment to best practices in financial reporting and financial transparency. The award is a testament to the hard work and professionalism of Zone 7 staff".

Based in Livermore, Zone 7 is the wholesale water retailer for the cities of Pleasanton and Livermore, Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) and Cal Water's Livermore division. The public agency also provides flood control and protection for the Livermore and Amador valleys.

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