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March 12, 2008 > Mosquito Abatement District to mail benefit assessment ballots

Mosquito Abatement District to mail benefit assessment ballots

Submitted By John Rusmisel

In order to maintain current levels of service and to enhance certain areas of mosquito and disease control, the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District is proposing a new assessment on properties within Alameda County. The current special tax that is used to fund the district has not increased since 1982. With increases in operational costs over the past 25 years and significant portions of the district's property tax revenue being taken for state programs, it is imperative that the district replace these lost revenues in order to maintain current service levels.

This measure will be decided by property owners through a mailed ballot process on Friday, March 14, established by the Taxpayer's Right to Vote on Taxes Act of 1996 (approved by the voters as Proposition 218). It will allow property owners in Alameda County including the cities of Alameda, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro and Union City, and the communities of Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, and Sunol to decide if funding for mosquito and disease control services should be increased. If the mosquito and disease control ballot measure is not approved, services provided by the district will decrease.

This measure will provide the funding needed by the Alameda County Mosquito and Abatement District to continue to protect public health, animals and wildlife within Alameda County from mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit. The funds raised by the assessment will only be used for Alameda County mosquito abatement and disease control. The funds will be overseen by the Board of Directors of the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District with annual audits to ensure that funds are expended appropriately. The budget for the services proposed for each year will be presented annually at a noticed public hearing.

Single family residential properties would contribute $5 per year. Apartments have an assessment of $1.60 per dwelling unit for the first 20 units and 50 cents per unit for any units over 20. The assessment for agricultural properties is one cent per 1/4 acre, and $0.0021 per 1/4 acre for dry pasture and timberlands.

For additional information on the Mosquito and Disease Control Assessment, please contact the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District at (510) 783-7744, or visit www.mosquitoes.org.

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