The Delta Mosquito and Vector Control District (DMVCD) announced it has received $188,365 in funding from a $100 million allocation provided by the State Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom in the 2021-2022 State Budget. DMVCD plans to use these funds to recoup the costs of additional sanitation and cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment such as face masks, gloves, and air filters, virtual web cameras, pesticide equipment, and vehicles that allowed the District to continue essential vector surveillance and control services during the COVID-19 quarantine.

“We are extremely grateful for the support from our state legislature and the governor.” said Dr. Debboun, General manager of DMVCD. “This funding recognizes the heavy toll that covid-19 has had on special districts like our own that provide essential services to protect the health and safety of residents.”

This funding arrives after special districts across California experienced budget and staff cuts necessitated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout 2020 and 2021, California’s special districts provided essential services to their local communities, maintained a large portion of the state’s critical infrastructure, and employed thousands of front-line workers, but initially received none of the COVID-19 relief funding available to cities and counties.

“Special districts are addressing our biggest statewide challenges, all at the local level,” said Neil McCormick, CEO of the California Special Districts Association (CSDA). We applaud Governor Newsom and our Legislature for recognizing this and responding to our requests for partnership.  Special districts make a difference throughout California and this funding will make a difference in the communities special districts serve.”

Statewide, more than 2,000 independent special districts across the state serve the needs of all 40 million Californians at some level, and more than 60 percent of these local agencies provide specialized services to a disadvantaged community. The Delta Mosquito and Vector Control District is committed to protecting the public’s health from vector-borne diseases and discomfort by delivering exceptional services which preserve and enhance the quality of life and desirability of the area to make northern Tulare County a safe place to live, work, and raise a family.

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About DMVCD: The Delta Mosquito and Vector Control District is a special district charged with protecting residents from vector-borne diseases in northern Tulare County.

About CSDA: The California Special Districts Association is a 501c(6), not-for-profit association representing more than 2,000  independent special districts that provide water, sanitation, fire protection, park and recreation, healthcare, electricity, port and harbor, resource conservation, library, cemetery,  and other specialized community services throughout California.