Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District

Protecting Public Health in the Antelope Valley since 1958
 Independent special districts are
  • a form of local government
  • created by a local community to meet a specific need (water, fire protection, pest abatement, sewage)
  • governed by an independent board (elected or appointed)
  • often funded by property taxes and/or benefit assessments


Inadequate tax bases and competing demands for existing taxes make it hard for cities and counties to provide all the services their citizens’ desire.  When residents and landowners want new services or higher levels of existing services, they can form a district to pay for and administer them.  Independent special districts are sanctioned under California Law for the performance of local governmental functions within specified boundaries.


For more information about this see the Fact Sheets page. 

What is an Independent Special District?