No, this is not a call to pull shifts at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Rather, it’s a call for those who want to guide the shelter’s overall operations; to serve on a special Lincoln County Animal Shelter Advisory Committee which will have a great deal to say about the shelter and the way it’s run.
Lincoln County Commissioners recently decided that the commission will try to run the shelter using a property tax override to fund the shelter and the county’s animal control operations. For the better part of two years, the Sheriff’s Office tried to maintain their direct control while a local non-profit tried to take it over in order to save taxpayer money by raising grants to subsidize its operations. Neither side one.
The commissioners have decided to create a five member animal shelter advisory committee that will report to the commission on how the shelter should be run and at what cost level. Commissioners are to take their advice and use it within their own discussions about the best way to run the shelter, including adoption and veterinarian services.
It all hinges on a property tax override measure on the November 2012 ballot. If it passes, it would cause the shelter’s 5-cent 2009 override funding to end immediately and then be replaced with the new levy which is expected to range between 9 and 11 cents. Again the new levy would include the cost all Animal Control Services (ACS) performed by the Sheriff’s Office. These ACS service costs are being folded into the shelter budget.
All members of the Shelter Advisory Committee are appointed; one by the Friends of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter (FOLCAS), one by the Central Coast Human Society (CCHS), one by Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson, and two members from the public by Lincoln County Commissioners.
Applications for the two public members are now being accepted by the county commissioners. If you’re interested you can apply on line by clicking here.