CMSD Wins GFOA Triple Crown Award for Third Consecutive Year


June 17, 2024
CONTACT: Noelani Middenway, District Clerk & Public Information Officer
TELEPHONE: (949) 645-8400 ext. 227


(Costa Mesa – CA) The Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD) is thrilled to announce that it has been honored with the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Triple Crown Award for the third consecutive year. This prestigious award recognizes CMSD's outstanding achievements in governmental budgeting, accounting, and financial reporting.

The Triple Crown Award is bestowed upon organizations that have received GFOA's Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, and the Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award. CMSD’s consistent recognition in these categories underscores its commitment to financial transparency, accountability, and excellence in fiscal management.

CMSD Board President, Mike Scheafer, expressed his pride in the District’s financial team, stating, “Earning the GFOA Triple Crown Award for three years in a row is a significant accomplishment. It reflects the hard work, dedication, and professionalism of our staff. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards in financial management to ensure the best possible service for our community.”

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is awarded to entities that go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure. The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award recognizes budgets that are exceptionally well-presented and serve as an effective policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device. The Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award is given to organizations that produce high-quality annual financial reports specifically designed to be readily accessible and easily understandable to the general public.

CMSD General Manager, Scott Carroll, highlighted the importance of these accolades, stating, “Receiving the Triple Crown Award for three consecutive years is a testament to our ongoing dedication to financial excellence. We are proud to be recognized by the GFOA and remain committed to upholding the highest standards of financial integrity and transparency.”

The GFOA is a professional association servicing the needs of nearly 20,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. The GFOA’s Triple Crown Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in government finance.

CMSD remains dedicated to providing exceptional services while maintaining rigorous standards of financial accountability. This achievement not only reinforces CMSD’s reputation for financial excellence but also demonstrates its unwavering commitment to serving the CMSD community with transparency and integrity.


About CMSD: Formed in 1944, CMSD is an independent special district that provides solid waste and wastewater collection services to a population of approximately 118,200 in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, and unincorporated Orange County. For more information and the latest CMSD news, visit and follow CMSD on Facebook, X, and Instagram. To get in touch with CMSD staff, email or call (949) 645- 8400.