The Counties only spray the roadsides, not the ditches and not beyond the ditches to the fence-line. Spraying costs $55,000 but we currently only spray 2/3rd of the roadsides, so to spray all the roadside would cost +$70,000. Already you can see that spraying is more expensive than mowing, likely because you require a licensed “exterminator” to do the job. To make a comparison of cost we must compare apples with apples and not attempt to confuse people by throwing a large grapefruit into the mix.
What would Mayor McDonell’s $3 million provide? It would mean 80 instead of 8 mowing machines, 80 people instead of the current 8, and we would have the capacity to mow the roadsides 60 times at $50,000 per occasion. Or we would cut everything to the fence-line 10 times turning those areas into parks. However, CARS have pointed out that with better management it could be done with our existing equipment and less cost.
As I contemplate what I have called “McDonell Math”, I am struck by another headline – the Counties difficulties in managing their budget – perhaps McDonell Math has something to do with this too?
Concerned SD&G Taxpayer