Mosquito control abatement program hopes for additional funding - WNEM TV 5

Mosquito control abatement program hopes for additional funding

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Saginaw County's mosquito abatement program costs taxpayers $2.5 million annually and many people say it's worth the money.

That's why officials are hoping to get additional funding for the program. 

William Stanuszek, Director of the Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission, says the program's funding is based on a mill levy that goes back to 1988. He says the time has come for a modest increase.

"We've had a lot of increases as far as gas, chemicals, services, insurance and benefits. Things have continued to go up for 20 years," says Stanuszek.

The mosquito program runs from April to October. Without an increase from .5 to .64, the program would be 6-point-8 million dollars in the red in ten years. For taxpayers with a home valued at 100-thousand dollars, the increase would amount to $7.

In all, several counties maintain mosquito programs to fight the spread of diseases like west nile.

The county commission will act on a committee recommendation to place a millage question on an upcoming ballot.

They will vote on that at their March 11 meeting. 

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