Future Of Saginaw Co. Animal Control Uncertain 9-09-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Future Of Saginaw Co. Animal Control Uncertain 9-09-2010

As a $6.6 million budget deficit looms over Saginaw County, five animal control workers are in jeopardy of losing their job because of funding cuts to the Saginaw County Animal Care Center.
The Saginaw News reported that the County Board of Commissioners Courts and Public Safety Committee took no action on a $31,000 request Wednesday to keep the officers and a veterinary technician on the payroll until voters decide the fate of a 10-year, 0.15-mill animal control tax levy Nov. 2.
If the Board of Commissioners does not take up the issue on its own on Sept. 21, the officers would likely be laid off by the end of the month, according to the report.
County Controller and Chief Administrative Officer Marc A. McGill has recommended laying off a total of 51 employees, including cuts to the sheriff’s department, prosecutor’s office and animal control office.
Sheriff William L. Federspiel has been openly against the proposal that would include the loss of 15 sheriff’s deputies and end the 24-hour-a day coverage provided by his department.
Federspiel asked the Courts and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday to withdraw $3 million from an $11 million payroll reserve fund to help preserve the 51 jobs.
The Board of Commissioners’ Budget-Audit Subcommittee reviewed Federspiel's plan during its 4 p.m meeting at the Governmental Center, 111 S. Michigan in Saginaw on Thursday.
The fiscal year starts Oct. 1.
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