A special district is a local government agency formed by voters to perform a needed service, such as water or sewer. Helix was organized in 1913 and exists pursuant to Irrigation District Law (Water Code Section 20500, et seq.) We are governed by a Board elected from their communities and are held to high standards of transparency and accountability.
The Ralph M. Brown Act requires that the public is notified of Board meetings and able to attend.
The Fair Political Practices Commission requires Board members and Helix staff to file a Statement of Economic Interest annually, reporting any gifts or monies received.
Assembly Bill 1234 requires that Board members go to ethics training when elected, and re-take the training every two years.
State law requires special districts to submit regular audits. A certified public accountant performs these to ensure public funds are properly managed. The audits are public documents filed with the state and county controller.
Special districts must upload their financials and Board member and employee payment records to the state website for review.
The California Public Records Act gives the public access to information from public agencies.