Rats! 

There's no need for the Pied Piper.

A bill passed in the state legislature last week allows local legislative bodies to charge up to $1 a month for rodent and mosquito control. The proposed fee would likely be charged through MLGW bills.

The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department has never levied earmarked funds before, but director Yvonne Madlock called the move "logical." Vector control is a definable service and one that residents "have indicated they're willing to pay for," she said.

"It's not the most critical health issue, but it's the one citizens want," Madlock said. • <

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