SALISBURY, Vt. (AP) – Voters in Salisbury City decided not to fund the local mosquito control district this year.
They voted at the town meeting this week against donating $ 25,411 to the Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen insect control district, the Rutland Herald reported.
Salisbury is the only member city in the district that calls on voters to decide on funding.
At the same time, the Vermont Endangered Species Committee recommends that the district obtain special permission to spray pesticides that can harm endangered bats.
“It’s not going to stop the insect control district from spraying, it’s just a starting point for a conversation about how we can mitigate some of these harmful effects on these bats,” said Mason Overstreet, attorney and assistant professor of law at the Environmental Advocacy Clinic at Vermont Law School.