On October 20, 2001, a 5-year 5 mil property tax to fund the District was approved at the polls, with 62% of voters voting in favor of this new dedicated tax.
Because of the timing of the tax election, no funds would be available to the District until January of 2003.
The Board of Commissioners hired Dennis Wallette as the District"s first Director in March of 2003. Very quickly, a staff was hired and trained, and equipment and chemicals were ordered. Just two months later, the District became fully operational and began mosquito adulticiding spray operations.
The District expanded its northern boundary to Highway 442 and Highway 40 (but not including the village of Tickfaw). This measure was passed with 69% voter approval on April 2, 2005.
On April 29, 2006, voters approved a 10-year renewal of the 5 mil property tax which funds the District. This tax was approved with 89% of voters voting in favor.
Later, in November of 2006, the District moved to its new facility at 15483 Club Deluxe Road in Hammond. This facility gave the District much needed office, lab, and storage space for vehicles, equipment, and chemicals.
In 2009, the District purchased its own aircraft to conduct aerial spray applications. Prior to this, any aerial spray applications had been performed by contracted services. Using our own aircraft, the District can perform aerial applications in a much more cost-effective manner, as well as reducing response time.
The Tangipahoa Mosquito Abatement District is a Special Taxing District, and is a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana created under the State Enabling Act.
The District is governed by a Board of Commissioners who are appointed by the Parish Council. The meeting schedule of the Board of Commissioners can be found here .
The District Director is responsible for the planning, scheduling, and directing of all mosquito control operations, in addition to preparing the budget and managing all personnel and financial matters. The Director reports directly to the Board of Commissioners.
(Gary Crosby, Colby Colona, Cheri Vining, Dennis Wallette, Bill Shaw, Chris Fayette)
(Guy Savastano, Charles Devall, Blaise Navarro, Bill Shaw, Sal Perise, Jeff Seznak)
(Jerry Welch, Gary Crosby)