In 2002 the Board of Franklin County Commissioners and the Benton Franklin Health Department discussed the public health need for the formation of a special district to control mosquitoes for public health protection and pest/nuisance relief in Franklin County.
In the December 2002 meeting of the Board of Franklin County Commissioners a resolution of intent to create a Mosquito Control District was signed.
In the January 2003 meeting of the Board of Franklin County Commissioners a resolution was approved, calling for a special election to be held in March 2003 regarding the proposal to establish a Mosquito Control District.
The Franklin County electorate did approve the formation of the Franklin County Mosquito Control District and it was formally established on April 2, 2003.
A seven member Board of Trustees was established to oversee the operation of the District. The Trustees are appointed from the following areas of Franklin County to serve a two year term:
County Commissioner District 1
County Commissioner District 2
County Commissioner District 3
City of Pasco
City of Connell
City of Mesa
City of Kahlotus
The first meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Franklin County Mosquito Control District was on April 2, 2003
District structuring and funding needs were set up in 2003 however, funding for the Mosquito Control District was not available until the 2004 calendar year.
In March 2004 the Board of Trustees employed a Director to run and oversee the day to day operation of the District.
Presently the District employs a Director, Vector Ecologist, Field Supervisor, Senior Mosquito Control Technican and seasonal employees to control mosquitoes in the 1,300 square miles of Franklin County.