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About Us

Board of Trustees

Terry Dressler, Chairman
Gene Geller, Vice Chairman
Claudia Chyla, Secretary

District Manager

Rick Bower, SDA

Goleta Cemetery District Fund 3270 Approved Budget

FY 2023-2024 Approved Budget (pdf)
FY 2022-2023 Approved Budget (pdf)
FY 2021-2022 Approved Budget (pdf)

Goleta Cemetery District
Unaudited Monthly Financial Statements 2024

Goleta Cemetery District Audit Report
June 30, 2022

(view pdf)

Goleta Cemetery District Employee and Trustees
Salary and Benefits

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View the Government Compensation in California (GCC) Website

2020 Financial Transactions Report
submitted to State Controller's Office:

View 2020 Financial Transactions Report (pdf)  

LAFCO's Latest Municipal Service Review
and Sphere of Influence Update:

View LAFCO's MSR and SOI Update (pdf) 

Residency Requirement and Out-of-District Resident Eligibility
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Notice to Contractors Doing Business with the Goleta Cemetery District

Public Works Contractor (PWC) Registration:

All contractors and subcontractors who bid on a project with the Goleta Cemetery District must be registered as a Public Works Contractor with the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5.

All bidders (and their subcontractors) must provide proof showing active registration with bid. To obtain, or renew, Public Works Contractor (PWC) registration, visit: https://efiling.dir.ca.gov/PWCR/

The District

The Goleta Cemetery District, established April 4th, 1910 by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, is one of the oldest Special Districts in Santa Barbara County. This independent, political subdivision is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the County Board of Supervisors, each of whom serves a four-year term. The District maintains and oversees the operation of one cemetery, Goleta Cemetery. Prior to this date the cemetery, and district, was known as Rafaela Cemetery Association, organized in early 1874. The cemetery has grown from an original size of 5.8 acres to the current size of 15 acres. In addition to traditional in-ground interments, the cemetery has two above-ground niche features for the inurnment of cremated remains.

The boundaries of the District are approximately Las Positas/San Roque Road to the East; El Capitan State Beach to the West; Los Padres National Forest to the North, and the Pacific Ocean to the South.

This cemetery is an integral part of the history of the Goleta Valley and surrounding areas. For well over a century it has been chosen as a final resting place, and place of memorial, for area residents and families. It will never change ownership and will continue to provide interment services well into the future, with continued maintenance secured through endowment funding. 

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Goleta Cemetery District Brochure

Our Brochure

To request our printed brochure, please email:

Rick Bower, SDA
District Manager

or call us at (805) 967-3608