DATE: June 24, 2008
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT: AB 2223 (Horton): Structural Fumigation Enforcement Program
The San Diego Chapter of the Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC) is requesting San Diego County support AB 2223 (Horton). This bill seeks to add San Diego to three other counties in which the pest control operators currently assess themselves $5 per structural fumigation to fund additional oversight inspections. Fumigants are safe when used properly, and the pest control industry wants to ensure the highest standards of safety are employed during structural fumigations.
Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to communicate the San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ support for Assembly Bill 2223 to the appropriate members of the Legislature and Administration.
No General Fund Impact and no additional staff years. If the bill is approved staff would return to the Board to request one full time employee be added to the structural fumigation inspection program. This position would be revenue offset.
Business Impact Statement:
The pest control industry supports this legislation and funding would increase fumigation enforcement benefiting public safety.
Advisory Impact Statement:
The San Diego Chapter of the Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC), an industry organization, voted 23 to 1 to sponsor AB 2223. This legislation would expand a program that has been in place in Los Angeles and Orange Counties for approximately 15 years and to which Santa Clara County was added last year through AB 126. Under the program, businesses are assessed $5 per structural fumigation exclusively to augment the funding of regulatory inspections of structural fumigations.
Last year, 14,070 fumigations occurred in the county. Less than 1% were inspected. These inspections were performed by one full-time equivalent inspector that is funded by a portion of the tax of wholesale sales of pesticides and augmented by General Purpose Revenue. Approximately 15,000 fumigations are anticipated in 2008, which would generate $75,000 in fees. These fees would be used to fund one additional County inspector, allowing for 140 additional fumigation inspections, which doubles the number of inspections.
This program originally developed from collaboration among the PCOC, the Southern California Agricultural Commissioners and the Structural Pest Control Board in response to the alarming number of deaths that occurred during structural fumigations. There have been 30 deaths since 1982 in California and 14 more residents were injured when a building was not properly aerated. The most recent two deaths occurred in San Diego County. This legislation, prompted by the fumigation industry, seeks to protect public safety.
Supervisor, First District