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Water district receives top honors for budget

water district honored by Jeff Switzer
The Woodinville Water District's 1996 budget earned the Washington Finance Officers Association (WFOA) Distinguished Budget Award, the "highest form of recognition in fiscal planning and budgeting within the State of Washington."
   The award was given to only two special purpose districts in the state.
   "This accomplishment speaks well for us," said Bob Bandarra, general manager for the Water District. "We're not even required to have a budget, and this awards says a lot for the staff and the board."
   Bandarra said the district is beginning to plan its even more detailed 1997 budget after receiving some comments on how to improve over this year's budget.
   The budget document is judged on meeting program criteria covering policies, operations, financial planning and communications.
   The award demonstrates "an interest in effective fiscal management programs to the benefit of the water district consumers," according to Peggy Morant, WFOA Budget Awards chair, who wrote that Bandarra and his staff are "to be commended for such an interest."
   A plaque and certificates will be presented to the water district at the WFOA conference in Tacoma in September.