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Grand Jury talks tech 

The Avila Beach Community Services District needs a website, the San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury concluded.

According to its June 26 report, “Managing Millions: Assessing Transparency of Community Service Districts,” the grand jury found that the Avila Beach CSD is the largest district in the county without a website. Avila has a budget of about $1.13 million, according to the report.

The Linne Road and Creston Hills Ranch districts also lack websites, but their budgets come in at $60,000 and $0, respectively. A new California law requires community service districts to provide online agendas—if they have a website to do so. The grand jury also noted other CSDs in SLO County that don’t provide other information, such as agenda minutes and budget information.

Since Avila doesn’t have a website, it doesn’t provide any of these things.

“The absence of a website seems odd because this district performs many vital functions and operates with a large budget,” the report states.

The district is overseen by the Wallace Group.

Avila CSD General Manager John Wallace said the district has actually been working on a website for about six months. It plans to roll out the new online presence in about 30 days, he said.

“We feel we’ve had really good public outreach … we’re looking forward to the release of our website,” Wallace said.

Other districts were dinged for website problems, including California Valley, San Miguel, San Simeon, and Templeton, all of which lack budget information.

Avila was hit with the most grand jury recommendations: It should develop a website, link to its agendas, and link to its budget. The grand jury made 15 recommendations to various districts, which must submit responses to the court by Sept. 20.

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