The 11-member board that governs the San Joaquin County agency overseeing mosquito control will take a second look at whether its trustees should continue to receive the same health benefits as their employees.
The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District board voted in 2009 to receive health plan benefits, a decision that's raised the eyebrows of the San Joaquin County Taxpayers Association.
According to research by the taxpayers association, the district has paid five of the 11 trustees more than $112,000 between Aug. 1, 2009 and June 1 of this year.
"I don't question their authority to do this, but especially in (economic) times like these, people are looking at these sort of things," Taxpayers Association President David Renison said Monday.
The board will meet this afternoon to discuss whether they want to continue offering benefits to trustees, reduce them or eliminate them altogether, according to mosquito abatement district manager Ed Lucchesi.
Board member Jack Fiori Sr. of Lodi said that the board's vote in 2009 to offer trustees health benefits was far from unanimous. His vote at today's meeting will be based on how the district is doing financially. Special districts like mosquito abatement are not blessed with a lot of funding, Fiori said.
Renison said he will attend today's meeting if his schedule allows. The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 1 p.m. at the district office, 7759 S. Airport Way, near Stockton's airport.