History of the Leavenworth Mosquito Control District
Prior to the formation of the Leavenworth Mosquito Control District the Lions Club of Leavenworth had undertaken the
raising of funds for the aerial spraying of mosquitoes in the Leavenworth area. This spraying typically occurred shortly
before the Fourth of July. However, in the late 90's this practice began to be challenged. Spraying was suspended in
2000 and 2001. Mosquito numbers in 2002 were high enough that the City of Leavenworth combined with the Chamber of Commerce
took responsibility for a final aerial spray prior to the formation of the Leavenworth Mosquito Control District funded by
the Lions Club. Meanwhile, Lions Club members began the process of preparing for the Mosquito Control District to be
put to the voters and proposed funding through taxes.
In the Fall of 2002 voters overwhelmingly approved the
formation of a Mosquito Control District and its funding. The Lions Club generously donated approx. $20,000 of funds
previously collected for mosquito control, along with a small loan obtained in later 2003 for financing that initial season
the District formation was approved by the voters, the Chelan County Board of Commissioners accepted applications for the
initial Mosquito Control Board and appointed 4 board members: President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Board Member 1. Board Member
2 was appointed by the City of Leavenworth.
Board began meeting in early 2003, where it soon became apparent that District activities should also include larviciding.
Manager Lorna Johnson with Curlew Mosquito Control District was especially helpful in providing instruction and materials
for the new District. The position of Manager was advertised and started in earnest in May of 2003.
2006 taxes were assessed based on property value. In 2006 it was determined that continuing such an assessment would
require an annual levy approval and therefore moved to taxation on a per parcel basis.
The Leavenworth Mosquito Control Board meets monthly, March-November. People interested
in serving as Board Members or joining Board meetings can find additional detail on the “Activity Calendar”