The County of Santa Clara
California

Resolution
BOS-2013-78

Adopt Resolution approving Engineer's Report, confirming diagram and assessment, and ordering levy of the Mosquito, Vector and Disease Control Assessment for FY 2014. (Roll Call Vote)

Information

Department:Vector Control District (Department of Environmental Health)Sponsors:
Category:ResolutionFunctions:Vector Control District

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FISCAL IMPLICATIONS

There is no impact to the General Fund as a result of this action. The Santa Clara County Vector Control District (District) is funded through benefit assessments levied on parcels in the County. Any assessment imposed by the District in the County shall be used solely for surveillance, control, operation, and maintenance costs, and as such, are not part of the County’s General Fund.

REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION

The Board of Supervisors acts as the Board of Trustees (“Board”) of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District. The District is funded from two revenue sources. One is a benefit assessment implemented in 1996 that does not require annual approval from the Board. The other is a benefit assessment which must be set and approved annually by the Board.

The District is recommending continuation of the Mosquito, Vector and Disease Control Assessment (Assessment) for Fiscal Year 2014 at the current assessment rate of $8.36 per single family equivalent benefit unit. In adopting this rate, the District will maintain sufficient funds for special benefit services as described in the Engineer's Report dated April 2013 (Attached). The continuation of the Assessment will also contribute toward capital costs, maintenance and operation expenses of the District. The total annual revenue collected from the assessment is estimated at $4,190,793.

Following adoption of the Resolution, but prior to August 9, 2013, the Trustees will file a certified copy of the Confirming Diagram and Assessment and a certified copy of the Resolution with the Tax Collector. The Tax Collector will enter the assessments on the County tax roll for each lot or parcel of land. The assessments are collected at the same time and in the same manner as County taxes are collected.

Although there is no specific statutory requirement for an annual public hearing in subsequent years for the continued Assessment, the process for continued Assessment, as outlined in the Fiscal Year 2013 Final Engineer's Report, calls for an annual public hearing prior to its continuation. Members of the public are given the opportunity to provide input to the District Board prior to their decision on continuing the services and establishing the assessment levels for the next fiscal year. If the Board determines the services and assessment as indicated in the Engineer's Report are reasonable, the Board should accept the Preliminary Engineer's Report as the Final Engineer's Report and adopt the Resolution approving the Engineer's Report, Confirming Diagram and Assessment, and ordering levy of the Assessment for Fiscal Year 2014 (Attached).

The continuation of the District's special benefit assessment for Fiscal Year 2014 will ensure that vector control services are adequate to suppress West Nile Virus and to provide other mosquito abatement and vector control projects and services including surveillance, source reduction, larvicide and adulticide applications, disease monitoring, public education, reporting, accountability, research and interagency cooperative activities throughout Santa Clara County.

CHILD IMPACT

The recommended action impacts the Healthy Lifestyle indicator. The District's operations significantly reduce the risk of nuisance and disease by providing enhanced vector surveillance and control.

SENIOR IMPACT

The recommended action will have a positive impact on seniors. The District's operations significantly reduce the risk of nuisance and disease to this particularly susceptible population by providing enhanced vector surveillance and control.

SUSTAINABILITY IMPLICATIONS

The recommended action will have positive sustainability implications. The District's operations are governed by the best integrated pest management techniques available.

BACKGROUND

The Board authorized the levy of Assessments for Mosquito, Vector and Disease Control by an assessment ballot proceeding conducted in calendar year 2005 for Fiscal Year 2006. The Board has authorized the continuation of the Assessment levy in subsequent years, with no Assessment increases through Fiscal Year 2013.

On May 21, 2013, the Board adopted a Resolution of Intention to Levy Assessments for Fiscal Year 2014, preliminarily approved the Engineer's Report and provided Notice of Hearing for June 4, 2013.

In continuing the Assessment for Fiscal Year 2014, the District will continue to offer comprehensive vector control and vector disease surveillance services for the residents of Santa Clara County. The services funded by the Assessment provide a proportional direct special benefit to the properties subject to the assessment. The District will also continue to meet its remaining financial obligations toward its new property at 1580 Berger Drive in San Jose, by continuing annual bond payments until Fiscal Year 2017.

To meet its statutory requirements, the District's benefit assessment roll is calculated, tax roll compiled, and the annual Engineer's Report are prepared by SCI Consulting Group, under a Board contract effective through April 2015.

CONSEQUENCES OF NEGATIVE ACTION

The District's vector control services will be reduced to a level that is insufficient to control West Nile Virus as well as other vector-borne diseases throughout the County. The District will not be able to meet its financial obligation for the property located at 1580 Berger Drive in San Jose.

STEPS FOLLOWING APPROVAL

 

1.     Clerk of the Board to file a certified copy of the Approved Resolution and Assessment and Assessment Diagram with the Tax Collector of the County of Santa Clara prior to August 9, 2013.

 

2.     The Tax Collector will enter the assessments on the County tax roll for each lot or parcel of land.

Meeting History

Jun 4, 2013 9:00 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting

The Board of Supervisors, sitting as the Governing Board of the Vector Control District, took the following action:

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Dave Cortese, Supervisor
SECONDER:Mike Wasserman, Vice President
AYES:Mike Wasserman, Dave Cortese, Ken Yeager, S. Joseph Simitian