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Mosquito control program expanding to cover whole Okanagan - Similkameen

The total cost of the Regional District’s program will not increase

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is expanding its mosquito control program to include Keremeos, Princeton and Electoral Area E.

The regional district has had its mosquito control program in place since 1991, serving Summerland, Penticton, Oliver and Osoyoos, as well as Electoral Areas A, B, C, D, F, G, H and I.

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Earlier this year, the regional district brought forward a bylaw to expand the program to the entire regional district. However, before the change could come into effect, electors in the affected areas could participate through an alternative approval process. By the deadline on June 26, there were no formal responses opposing the expansion.

The total cost of the mosquito control service is $170,348, unchanged from before the expansion. However, the funding will change. Communities already involved in the mosquito control program will see their contributions decrease slightly, but those added will have to pay for the service.

For Princeton, the cost will be $4,507, for Keremeos, it will be $2,027 and for Electoral Area E, it will be $7,299.

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John Arendt

About the Author: John Arendt

John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
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