Revenue shortfall brings mosquito spraying to halt
The North Fork Mosquito Abatement District in Delta County is halting operations early this year “due to lagging and uncertain property tax collections,” according to a district news release.
The district is owed approximately $17,500 by taxpayers, Delta County Treasurer Jim Ventrello said in the release. Meanwhile, district revenue is 15 percent lower than projected at the beginning of the year, district Treasurer Kevin Parks said.
As a result, the district’s field crew of four workers that had been scheduled to work through September was reduced by two workers Aug. 7, and the other two will wrap up work for the year on Aug. 28.
Financial constraints also will force district field manager Elizabeth Collins to stop working a month ahead of schedule, the news release said.
Collins said the timing of the early closing is unfortunate because West Nile virus recently was found in a mosquito population in Delta.
“But that’s the reality of the situation, so we’re going to use the remaining funding on our highest priority areas,” she said.