City Considers Asking County For Shorter Dog Control Contract

City Considers Asking County For Shorter Dog Control Contract

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Watertown city officials are considering asking Jefferson County to agree to a one-year agreement for dog control services instead of the five-year contract county officials propose.

The city and 15 of the county's 22 townships are looking into forming their own dog control program with the city as lead agency and the one-year contract would give them time to do that.

A resolution to allow City Manager Richard Finn to ask for the shorter contract is on the city council's agenda for Monday night.

That meeting will be streamed live on this website.

The one-year contract would run January 1 to December 31, 2019.

City officials say the contract the county proposes would increase the city's cost for dog control from $110,000 to $160,000 a year, or by 45 percent.

Several towns have already opted out of the county's program, which is forcing the county to raise rates for the rest of the municipalities.

County officials say if the city and the 15 towns don't sign on, they'll be forced to end the service.

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