Regional animal control contract earns council approval

July 17, 2012

By Staff

King County officials endorsed the animal control contract between the county, Issaquah and 24 other cities July 9.

In a unanimous decision, King County Council members adopted the agreement to provide field officers, shelter services and licensing services. The pact amounts to about $60,000 per year for Issaquah.

“This model partnership between the county and municipalities will bring consistent, cost-effective and compassionate solutions to our animal control challenges,” council Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague said in a statement.

The agreement also required approval from leaders in 25 suburban cities. Issaquah City Council members OK’d the pact June 18.

The county animal services agency, Regional Animal Services of King County, changed the formula for how cities pay for the agency. Under the old agreement, cities paid equal amounts based on population and the number of calls, but the updated agreement eschewed the 50-50 agreement for a method based more on number of calls in a particular city.

In the most recent contract renewal period, Auburn did not renew the county contract, and instead embarked on a municipal animal control program.

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