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SCRAPS & Spokanimal Consolidation Plan

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's a measure that you will have the chance to vote on in the November election: consolidating SCRAPS and Spokanimal.

It's a process both organizations say will streamline processes and bring city government and non-profits together

The new facility could be located in a city warehouse building on Broadway and Havana, retrofitting the space to fit the new scraps expansion. The levy is called Measure 1.

On Thursday County Commissioner Todd Mielke and SCRAPS Director Nancy Hill unveiled the plans that have been in the works for years now.

They say the new plan to retrofit the old warehouse building could save money when it comes to operation costs while making it easier for people to find their stray animals.

The retrofit would cost between $10 and $11 million while building a new facility would cost taxpayers more than $15 million. We talked to the people who lease the building right now and they say their business would have to move if the measures passes, that means up to 100 jobs could leave our area.

Right now if your animal is lost or runs away you have to call every shelter in our region.

SCRAPS, Spokanimal and the Spokane Humane Society will still be separate entities but Spokanimal would be able to focus on adopting animals, giving up animal control services and spay and neuter clinics, releasing those services to SCRAPS.

If the measure passes in November pet owners would have one set of rules to abide by, one common license and one centrally located facility.

Officials say they could build a new building but by using the converted warehouse they would be able to reduce the levy by 1/3. You have the chance to vote coming up November 8th.

This story was filed by KHQ Local News & Reporter Jennifer Rohrer

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