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Mosquito abatement buzzing for tax

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LIVINGSTON - The mosquito abatement in Livingston Parish is warning people it might not have an income if a tax is denied next month.

It's been voted down before, and will be up for decision a second time in October.

"They spray at night, you can hear the truck and the fog going everywhere," said one resident who claims she's never received a bill for the service.

Mosquito abatement mails almost 45,000 people in the parish one $30 bill every year. Director Jeanine Tessmer calls the billing process ineffective.

"Over the last 3 to 4 years, every year, the amount we collect has been just a little bit less," she said. "The majority of the people not paying are the renters."

People who pay the bill agree the method isn't working.

"Why should I pay for somebody else's protection," Lone Story asked.  "That does not pay."

Almost 35 % of billed residents don't pay.

The vote is Oct. 19. If it fails, mosquito abatement will use reserve funds until money is gone.

Recently, state health leaders said a person contracted West Nile in Livingston Parish.


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