The City of Santa Maria is looking to bring animal services in-house in response to the county raising its contract cost, but because it holds the county's biggest animal services contract, the city's decision could affect services countywide.

Santa Maria is one of several cities that contract out animal services to the county. However, according to the city's biennial budget approved on June 21, the county's new cost of service may be prohibitive. While the city will continue services as-is for the time being, city staff is recommending that the city transition its services in-house, while contracting out shelter space. 

"So as we now do the work to analyze [the transition], we’ll bring back a plan," explained City Manager Jason Stilwell at the June 21 council meeting. "The likely result of that would be to reallocate the money that’s in the budget to staffing, and to begin bringing it in-house if the numbers are favorable to the city council."

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Joshua Nelson is the City Government Reporter for the Santa Maria Times.

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