Newport City Council endorses asking the voters whether they favor a property tax hike to fund the county animal shelter
The Newport City Council Monday night unanimously approved the idea of going to the voters to see if they would approve a long term increase in property taxes to pay for animal control, shelter and adoption operations at the county level. The current levy of 11-cents on the tax rolls would be 10-to-11cents to fully fund the animal services operations, according to shelter manager Laura Ireland.
County commissioners recently decided that a county wide animal control and shelter operation with its own taxing district is the way to go in settling a long running dispute over whether a non-profit should run the shelter or whether the Sheriff’s Office should continue running it. Should the levy pass later this year, the shelter would have an advisory board made up of a sheriff’s representative, a representative of Friends of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, the Central Coast Human Society and two members of the public at large. They would advise the Lincoln County Commission on management strategies and other policies surrounding shelter operations. Final decisions on everything associated with the shelter would be made by county commissioners.