While it has been widely discussed, the South Pasadena City Council will be asked to officially adopt a resolution this week in support of the proposed annexation of the City of South Pasadena into the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.
“We have already received direction from the City Council that they would like city staff to follow through with the appropriate resolution that is required to start the process formally to annex the City of South Pasadena into the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District,” explained City Manager Sergio Gonzalez. “This is the first step in the requirement.”
“Once the annexation process is complete, the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (SGVCD) will assess and collect an annual fee through the Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor along with annual property tax bills. Preliminary estimated assessment for the SGVCD serviced will be in the range of $9 to $12 annually per equivalent household throughout the city. SGVCD will pay all cost of the annexation process. The proposed assessments will appear on the property tax bill for fiscal year 2017-18 subject to completion of the annexation process through the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).
South Pasadena is one of a few cities within the San Gabriel Valley/Los Angeles area which are not currently in the service boundaries of any special district, specifically created for providing mosquito and vector control services.
The resolution before the council is the city’s intent to join the district and starts the process.
“We’re among two cities in the San Gabriel Valley that are not part of the Vector Control District,” explained Gonzalez. “With the rise of West Nile and Zika cases in the United States I think it’s important that our residents know we have their best interest. The Vector Control District provides services not provided by anyone else with monitoring and intervention efforts.