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Certification Guidelines – Website Requirement

Website Requirements

There are more than 2,000 special districts in California, including 76 healthcare districts, however less than half of those districts have a website. These statistics led the Little Hoover Commission, in its 2017 report on special districts, entitled Special Districts: Improving Oversight & Transparency, to recommend that the Legislature require every special district to have a website.

In response to requests from the State Legislature and the Little Hoover Commission, and in furtherance of ACHD’s efforts to increase the awareness, accessibility, and transparency of special districts, ACHD supported AB 1728 which requires all healthcare districts to have a website to increase the awareness, accessibility, and transparency of healthcare districts. ACHD believes there are key website components that promote transparency in addition to those mandated by AB 1728 and AB 2019.

To demonstrate best practices in website content, districts are required to provide the following (by submitting a link) on their website:

(For additional information regarding each website link requirement, please click the links below)

  • District's mission statement
  • Map of district boundaries
  • ACHD's definition of a healthcare district
  • Link to on the district website
  • Trustee, manager, staff contact information, and board boundaries
  • Board meeting information
  • Programs and services offered
  • Annual operating budget
  • Financial audits
  • District election/vacancy process
  • Healthcare district authorizing statute
  • Recipients of grant funding
  • Municipal Services Reviews conducted by the Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCO)
  • Annual financial reports sent to the State Controller (State Controllers Financial Report)
  • AB 1234 Ethics Certificate for all Trustees and Executives
  • Reimbursement Policy
  • Compensation Policy
  • Public Records Request Form
  • Financial Reserves Policy
  • District Bylaws
  • Mobile Friendly Website
  • Website Transparency
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