San Joaquin County Landowners Approve Tax for Mosquito Surveillance
More than 70% of landowners in San Joaquin County approved a $6.13 homeowner's tax increase to fund local mosquito control efforts, the Stockton Record reports. The tax, which will raise the single-family homeowner tax to $7.58 per year, is expected to generate $1.5 million annually.
The San Joaquin Mosquito and Vector Control District used reserve funds this summer to test, trap and spray for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus. The new tax will pay for surveillance and control of disease-carrying insects and for public education efforts.
The tax will take effect in fiscal year 2006-2007 (Assemi, Stockton Record, 11/16).