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  • Pima County renews animal care agreements with local jurisdictions

    Jun 28, 2016 | Read More News
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    PACC enforcementPima County will continue to provide animal care and enforcement services to the cities of Tucson and South Tucson, and the towns of Oro Valley, Marana and Sahuarita according to their renewed intergovernmental agreements.

    The agreements will provide cost recovery to Pima County for the animal care services that Pima Animal Care Center provides on behalf of each jurisdiction. The services include enforcing rabies vaccinations, spay and neuter, animal cruelty and neglect ordinances, leash laws, licensing dogs over the age of three months, addressing dangerous animals, diseased animals, biting animals, animal waste, excessive noise, and ensuring that surrendered and stray animals receive proper shelter and humane care. 

    The Pima County Board of Supervisors at its July 21 meeting agreed to approve new agreements with Tucson and Oro Valley and extend its existing agreements with South Tucson, Marana and Sahuarita. As of June 27 all five jurisdictions have approved the terms of these agreements, which includes a proposed annual contribution from each jurisdiction that provides cost recovery to PACC for its services. The amount that each jurisdiction will pay reflects its percent of use in licensing, enforcement, shelter services, veterinary services, communications and outreach, community spay and neuter, and administration. 

    The new agreements with Tucson and Oro Valley include revised language that itemizes financial projections and records the agreements as revenue contracts. They also include a provision for humane sheltering, the administration of adoption and rescue programs, community outreach and education, and control of stray dog and feral cat populations.

    Although South Tucson, Marana and Sahuarita have chosen to extend their existing agreements with the county, they will continue to pay PACC for the services it provides according to the percent calculated for each jurisdiction. Those costs will be itemized and listed as revenue contracts once these jurisdictions transition to the new agreements.  

    These changes resulted, in part, from the PACC Partners group created several years ago to keep the jurisdictions apprised of PACC’s operations and budget. This group, which includes representatives from each of the jurisdictional partners and the county, has met on a quarterly basis since August 2014 to discuss PACC’s policies, programs, and initiatives and explain how they affect PACC’s mission and budget. A priority that emerged from these meetings was the need for transparency and predictability that would allow the jurisdictions to plan and budget.  

    In addition to having a representative on the PACC Partners group, the five jurisdictions now also have a representative in the newly constituted PACC Board. 


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