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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – One North Texas city has plans to expand its ability to fight mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus, even if the insects are around into the fall.

Tuesday night the Arlington City Council is expected to triple the amount of money it can spend on ground spraying; that would put spending at $75,000.

Interim Deputy City Manager Jim Parajon said officials have one main reason for extending the program.

“The whole county’s experiencing an issue with West Nile Virus and we want to make sure that we stay on top of it and make sure that we’re protecting our citizens.”

While dozens of North Texas cities have participated in aerial insecticide spraying Arlington was not one of them.

To date, Arlington has been ground spraying only. The city last sprayed for mosquitos on Saturday night in the Deaver Park area of southwest Arlington.

Parajon said upping the budget to $75,000 is so to be prepared for any circumstance and isn’t extraordinarily high.

“We would certainly not spend that amount unless it was necessary.”

Enough yes votes at Tuesday night’s city council meeting will increase the budget and extend the city’s contract with the mosquito spraying company.

“We’ve been very aggressive in our approach to West Nile Virus control,” Parajon said. “We want to make sure that we have adequate funding to continue on through the end of the season, which will be roughly through the end of this year.”

Once neighborhood ground spraying has occurred, workers then conduct follow up tests, in targeted areas, to determine the effectiveness of the insecticide.