Notes from the Fort Wayne City Council Budget Hearing on October 15, 2009.
This post covers notes from the Animal Care & Control budget discussion. The budget for Animal Care & Control may be downloaded here.
No services were cut, maintained head count. Â Travel budget zeroed out for several years. Â Some lines (revenue offset) which are cause for concern. Two vehicle rotations – Animal Control officer vans, high mileage and repair costs.
Liz – Head count indicates. Â They do have two positions open, wanting to fill them. Â The have increased by .5, however, it’s offset by grant.
Microchip line is set at $14,000, probably cost about $17,000. Â Not sure about it yet. Â They don’t compete with private enterprise. Â If they do have to come back, it would be their revenue, it would just (the increase) need to be re-appropriated back to them.
Clothing allowance, for union, is contracted at 500, 800 and 1,200 for a first year officer.
Karen Goldner – No funds come out of taxpayer dollars for medical expenses – it’s all private. Â Neuter for Â a nickel. Â Employees signed waivers and donated their time for the services.
Mitch Harper – registrations have remained flat. Â Registering probably about 42% of registrable dogs inside Fort Wayne. Â Estimating taggled a little over 18,000 pets.