Visalia approves new animal control contract
- Published on 12/19/2012 – 12:03 pm
- Written by Business Journal staff
The City of Visalia will enhance its animal control revenues through a newly approved contract with Valley Oak SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
As part of the new one-year contract, worth $608,300, the City will take over licensing responsibilities with the goal of increasing licensing revenue by at least 10 percent per year during the two-year budget.
Kennel fees, paid by owners for redeeming their animals, will be returned to the City for an estimated amount between $50,000 and $75,000 annually while administrative citation fees, totaling anywhere from $8,000 to $24,000 per year, will also be kept by the City.
Valley Oak SPCA will pay $4,800 in lease rent to operate out of the City-owned facility, located at 29016 Highway 99.
In the end, the City will see an increase in its animal control budget of approximately $15,000, which still equals a $20,000 reduction in the shortfall from the 2011-2012 fiscal year and an even greater reduction expected at the end of the contract’s first full year in 2014.
Valley Oak SPCA was formed in 1991 as a nonprofit to reduce pet overpopulation and promote the humane treatment of animals through education.
The City of Visalia has relied on the organization’s animal control, cruelty investigations and animal sheltering services since 1993.
The organization is currently providing animal control services under a contract that began in 2007 for $406,417 annually, in which Valley Oak kept all revenue from fees on behalf of the City to offset the remaining cost of the contract.
Those fees, which includes licensing fees, kennel fees, permits and citation fees, amounted to $225,771 in the 2011-2012 fiscal year.