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The MSB Animal Control Budget – Is it out of control?

Here is the Manager’s Proposed Budget for the Animal Care & Regulation Division for FY 2020.

The MSB budget will be debated at Assembly meetings over the next few weeks.

The total budget for this division is almost $2.6 million.  About $2 million of this amount is for salaries, wages and benefits.

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The Animal Shelter is located near the landfill just off the Palmer-Wasilla highway.  It is a fairly new building – designed by Wolf Architecture. This is from Wolf’s website:

Assembly Member Jesse Sumner has submitted an Amendment seeking some cuts to the Animal Care Division budget:

Animal Shelter Sumner Amendment

Animal activists complained on social media about this proposed Amendment:

In turn, Assembly member Tam Boeve (in the 2nd packet of Amendments) has submitted her own proposed Amendments to the Animal Care & Regulation budget:

The MSB Manager the other day issued a memo analyzing all proposed Amendments.  Not surprisingly, he is supporting his own proposed budget against any cuts:

Animal Shelter Moosey

But is Moosey exaggerating? Would a reduction really reduce the Animal Division’s employees to FOUR?

FYI – There are 14 full time (equivalent) employees working for Animal Control now:

Animal Care Employees

Maybe we are overpaying our Animal Shelter employees?

Here is info from the internet about the average pay of an animal control officer.

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Here are screen shots of what the Mat-Su Borough is paying some of our Animal Care & Control Division employees.

This info is from the Alaska Policy Forum.  This week they released info of 2017 MSB salaries and benefits.  I don’t think I took screen shots of every Animal Control Division employee – but here are some of them.

The MSB’s animal control officers are making well over 100K in combined salaries and benefits.

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