Council supports mosquito district expansion

The Grand Junction City Council this week passed a resolution supporting a ballot question that would expand the Grand River Mosquito Control District. The vote was 4–3.

“It’s better control and safer for people,” said Councillor Teresa Coons, as she explained some of the background of the district and biological larvae control used today instead of chemical spraying.

The core of the city often has high mosquito populations, which can carry viral infections, she said. However, most of the city is not covered.

Rather, the district covers an area where a group of people decided they wanted the service, Coons explained.

This November ballot question, 5B, is an effort to expand that coverage, nearly doubling it, requested by residents and officials.

And the work of the district would be supported at a cost to homeowners of about $12 for every $100,000 of assessed property value.

Mayor Pro Tem Laura Luke shared a contrary perspective to that of Coons, saying she was looking at it from more of a financial viewpoint and that as property taxes grow and population grows, so will the cost.

“This ballot measure is permanent ... the mill levy that’s applied to it. ... It expands the district, therefore it expands government and for that reason I’m not going to be able to support it,” she said.

Councillor Bennett Boeschenstein, who also voted against it, said he needed more information about the issue.

He added he is in favor of mosquito control, having suffered from malaria while in the Peace Corps in Africa.


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