PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF SPOKANE: The Spokane City Council is expected to vote on a new 20-year contract for animal control services at its 6 p.m. meeting on Monday, Jan. 14. Citizens are encouraged to provide comments on the contract during the meeting, which will be held in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
The proposed contract, with Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS), would provide enhanced animal control services in an upgraded facility for no more than the City pays today. Services under the new contract would begin on Jan. 1, 2014.
"We are excited to move ahead with this new contract with SCRAPS. We are creating an improved regional system at a cost that's affordable for our citizens," says Mayor David Condon. "We also want to thank SpokAnimal for their long service to the City and its citizens."
The contract would allow for greater financial predictability for the City than the City's current animal control service arrangement, while providing better services for citizens. Citizens within the City and County would have a single location to find a lost pet and a single licensing system.
SCRAPS was chosen through a competitive process; the City also received a proposal from SpokAnimal. SpokAnimal has been the City's animal control provider and will continue to provide those services for the City through 2013.
"SpokAnimal has been a valued partner of the city for many years. But certain facets of animal control, such as licensing and enforcement are clearly better suited as core government functions," says Council Member Steve Salvatori, who participated in the selection process.
"By partnering with Spokane County, we will provide our citizens and the pets they love, a brand new state of the art facility, a streamlined licensing process, a single regional shelter, and all at a lower cost than we currently pay."
"The citizens have been asking elected officials for years to consolidate services to save the taxpayer money and/or improve service. Here, in the long run, we have accomplished both," says Council Member Mike Allen, another member of the selection committee. "The selection process was very thoughtful, and both bids were very competitive."
Under the proposed contract with SCRAPS, the City would pay an annual fixed fee for animal control services equivalent to what it pays today, adjusted annually for inflation as represented by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The fee for 2014 is $561,500.
The City of Spokane Valley also is a partner in the regional animal control system.