Grand River Mosquito District to expand

The Grand River Mosquito Control District will expand its boundaries thanks to a sizeable victory for Referred Measure 5B.

As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, unofficial election results showed voters favoring the measure 16,351 to 6,715, or 71 percent to 29 percent.

The measure will expand the district beyond its current coverage areas of Fruita, Clifton, Orchard Mesa and spots along the Colorado River in the Redlands and Grand Junction. New boundaries will encompass all of Grand Junction, the Redlands, and land northwest of Grand Junction city limits as far west as 18 Road and as far north as the Government Highline Canal.

Mosquito control work will expand into new district boundaries next year, according Grand River Manager Zane McCallister, but the district will not begin collecting tax revenue from residents in the new coverage areas until 2014. McCallister said the district will use “rainy day” funding to provide limited mosquito control service in new areas next year while concentrating on surveillance.

“Two-thousand-thirteen will be a real learning and growing year for us,” McCallister said. “Our goal is to find breeding grounds and return to those areas on a regular basis.”


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