In an effort to align its boundary consistently with the County and to enhance program continuity, the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District would like to include the city of Albany in our service area. Albany is the only city in Alameda County that is not currently receiving services from the District. Effective and efficient mosquito control requires a comprehensive and contiguous program because adult mosquitoes fly and cross city borders.
Q: What is the process being followed to add Albany?
A: The process requires a resolution from our Board of Trustees requesting the local agency formation commission (LAFCo) of Alameda County to take proceedings for the annexation of the City of Albany territory to the District. The District then submits an application for annexation to LAFCo. The commission has up to 30 days to review for completeness. Once the application is deemed complete by LAFCo, a Certificate of Filing will be issued and a commission hearing will be scheduled within the following 90 days to present the proposal and receive comments. If the commisson approves the application a public hearing will be held. Written protests may be filed by any affected landowner or registered voter after notice of the hearing is published and prior to, or at, the public hearing.
Q: What is the timeline for adding Albany?
A: The application for the annexation of the City of Albany to the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District was received by LAFCo on August 21, 2019. The Commission hearing was held on November 14th, 2019 and the application for annexation was accepted. A public hearing is schudeuled for Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Alameda County Administration Building Board of Supervisors Chambers, 5th Floor, 1221 Oak Street, Oakland, California.
Q: What services will Albany residents receive if they become a part of the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District?
A: The District’s mosquito control program employs Integrated Pest Management principles by first determining the species and abundance of mosquitoes through larval and adult surveillance and then using the most efficient, effective, and environmentally sensitive means of control. The services we provide to Alameda County residents at no additional cost include: addressing mosquito issues, providing mosquitofish, identifying insects, inspecting standing water for breeding mosquitoes, and applying non-toxic products that reduce mosquito abundance.
Q: Is there a cost to the residents of Albany?
A: The District is funded through property taxes. If Albany becomes part of the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District, single family property owners will be included in a $1.74 tax and $2.50 benefit assessment which is a total contribution of $4.24 per year. Our District finances are transparent, accountable, and locally controlled. More information on our finances can be found on our Financial Information page and our District Transparency page.
Q: Why do we want to include Albany in our service area?
A: The local agency formation commission (LAFCo) of Alameda County is tasked with seeing that city and special district services are provided efficiently and economically. Their reports recommend that Albany annex into the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District and we are in agreement.
- Alameda Local Agency Formation Commission Municipal Service Review Update - Section 3.3.1 Sphere of Influence Boundary Recommendation for the City of Albany (pg. 107) "This report also recommends that LAFCo encourage the City of Albany to take the necessary steps to annex into the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District."
- Alameda County Local Agency Formation Commission Resolution No. 2018-03 - Policy Recommendation #1: LAFCo should encourage the City of Albany to take the necessary steps to annex into the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District.
- Alameda County Mosquito Abatement Municipal Service Review Final (January 10, 2013) - "Annexing the territory of the City of Albany into ACMAD would lessen the fiscal burden on other residents in the County, who are presently subsidizing additional services for the residents of Albany. Additionally, annexation by ACMAD would allow for more clearly delineated service areas for both ACMAD and VCCSA. It is recommended that the Commission continue to encourage annexation of the City of Albany to ACMAD, as it did during the 2006 SOI updates."