Friday, July 16, 2010
GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Michigan — Voters will decide Aug. 3 on whether they want to continue to pay for mosquito control in the township.
The mosquito millage, which has been in place for about 20 years, is a .2377-mill levy that generates about $172,000 annually for mosquito control in the township.
Rose Pest Solutions, the company that handles mosquito control for the township, drops pellets of larvicide in standing water throughout the township to prevent mosquitoes from reaching adulthood. The pellets kill mosquito larvae.
The company also sprays for mosquitoes on a targeted as-needed basis, Township Clerk Cathy Lane said.
The millage would cost taxpayers about 24 cents for every thousand dollars of taxable value on their homes. A house with $50,000 of taxable value would pay $12 annually.
The company has conducted five targeted sprayings this year, most of them in the northeast corner of the township, south of Maple Road between Genesee Road and Vassar Road. Sprayings also have been done on the east side of the township, on the north and south sides of Cook Road, and in the west side of the township, from Cook Road to Maple Road.
The locations are recorded on the township’s website.
Proponents of the millage say keeping the mosquito population controlled is necessary, but others have argued that they worry about possible harmful effects from spraying chemicals.
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