The Coachella Valley Public Cemetery District is a Special District; a special-purpose governmental unit that exists independent from local governments such as counties and cities. The Coachella Valley Public Cemetery is one of over 265 public cemetery districts in California which are supported, in part, by property taxes. A small portion of the property tax revenue that is collected from taxpayers within the Special District is part of the revenue the Cemetery relies on for its annual budget. Individuals who do not reside in or pay property taxes in this Special District are required by law to pay a surcharge to the District for interment in the Cemetery.
The Coachella Valley Public Cemetery District is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of five Trustees. Trustees are appointed by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to serve a four-year term. The Board of Trustees meets once a month for regular business meetings.