Well, the county pulled it off. Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall, with County Counsel Wayne Belmont in tow, traveled to all seven cities scattered around Lincoln County and convinced all of them to sign onto the vote coming up in November as to whether a county-wide Lincoln County Animal Services District should be formed to run the county animal shelter as well as animal control services.
Should the measure pass, it would transform the current temporary 11-cent per thousand of assessed valuation rate into a permanent 11-cent rate. Therefore taxes devoted to the Animal Shelter and Animal Control Services would not go up. That portion of your tax bill would stay the same. If your property’s assessed valuation (usually less than market value) is $200,000, your tax will remain at $22 per year, $300,000 will remain at $33 a year and so on. There are some exceptions due to what’s called tax compression but those cases are expected to be few and far between.
If the Animal Services District passes this November, the Lincoln County Commission will appoint an advisory board comprised of those interested in animal welfare. The committee will advise county commissioners as to the best way to run the service. The district would be the same as the county boundaries and include all cities.