FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 12, 2019
Contact: Yolanda Rodriguez
Director of Finance and Administrative Services
Beaumont, CA — At its meeting on September 26, 2019, the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District will commemorate Special Districts Week to encourage residents of the City of Beaumont and community of Cherry Valley to be involved in their community and be civically engaged with their local government.
Special Districts Week, September 22-28, was established by the State Legislature earlier this year with bi-partisan approval of Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 89.
ACR 89 was sponsored by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA), which is a statewide association representing more than 1,000 special districts and affiliate organizations throughout the state. Special districts are local government entities created by a community’s residents, funded by those residents, and overseen by those residents, to provide specialized services and infrastructure.
Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District was formed in 1919 to provide irrigation water to the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Communities farming lands. The Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District began as a small privately-owned company to support development in the District’s service area, then evolved into a public water system that now serves a population of approximately 58,000.
“Special districts are formed by residents to provide essential services that they want and need at the local level. They provide an opportunity to have local control while enhancing services that make communities thrive and survive.” said CSDA’s CEO Neil McCormick. He continued, “We appreciate the Legislature’s support in raising awareness and increasing understanding about the special districts that serve our State’s communities.” Board Member and Secretary Andy Ramirez said he will introduce a formal resolution to commemorate the designated week. “It is important for our constituents to understand the function of local government and their ownership of this agency,” he said.