…. A CASE FOR SECESSION
Our suspicions are confirmed.
Eventually, in most arguments, someone on one side of an argument, or the other, will finally provide some inarguable data which inadvertently exposes a weakness or strength of an argument.
From within the bowels of the agenda packet for next Wednesday evening’s Wildomar City Council meeting, the actual numbers of dog and cat “intakes” reported by the Animal Friends of the Valley’s (“AFV”) in a report entitled, “Case Statistics May 01, 2012 to May 31, 2012.”
It’s hard to justify an 18% allocation to Wildomar when the actual numbers for May 2012 are 14.8%.
Please click on the city’s link, and scroll down to pages 145-150, to review the data for yourself:
By resorting to simple math for the most important statistical categories, the following:
1) Strays 145 cats & dogs
2) Abandoned/Owner Turn-in 93 cats & dogs
3) Total for May 2012 238 cats & dogs
Therefore, the daily average of stray cats and dogs amounts to less than five animals per day (4.8, to be exact). Picking up five stray animals per day, is not an overly-strenuous task for a qualified animal control officer. And, since 19 of the 238 animals were Dead On Arrival (“DOA”), there was no dog/cat” catching” involved, in some cases.
Based on those modest numbers, I remain convinced that the City of Wildomar can and should secede from the Southwest Communities Financing Authority (“JPA”), which oversees the operation of Animal Friends of the Valleys and begin to provide its own animal control services.
The current budget for Animal Friends is $331,000 for the year 2012-13, which includes relinquishing $80,000 in annual licensing fees to AFV, as well. According to my calculator, that makes the total budget for animal control services to be $411,000, by securing those services from Animal Friends.
In stark contrast, I believe that Wildomar could provide for its own properly-scaled Municipal Animal Control Service, at the following approximate cost:
1) Animal control officer $75,000 per year
2) Facility assistant $35,000 per year
3) Animal control vehicle $45,000 one-time
4) Kennel cages $15,000 one time
5) Facility lease $60,000 per year
6) less License fees <$80,000>
Based on the above, the City of Wildomar could have a properly-sized animal control function for a total gross cost of $170,000 per year, less $80,000 in license fee revenue, for total net cost of $90,000 per year, with a modest capital improvement expenditure of $60,000 to get started.
The cost savings would be an immediate benefit the City of Wildomar.
Wildomar remains in the unique position in the JPA of being able to secede without being responsible for an 18% share of the original $12,000,000 construction bond debt, since Wildomar joined the JPA after the bond indebtedness had been incurred.
However, if the JPA were to refinance their bond debt, and Wildomar were still a part of the JPA, Wildomar would then be on the hook for more than $2,000,000 in order to secede from the agreement.
That fact alone should make secession from the JPA a matter of urgency for Wildomar.
Wildomar cannot afford to remain a part of the AFV/JPA.
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And it would create two new jobs in the City of Wildomar, while potentially saving in excess of $300,000 per year.
If the current city Council can’t “pencil” this out for themselves, after seeing these plausible numbers, then perhaps the letter “D” might stand for something else besides dogcatcher.
“Re-Thinking Wildomar; Doing better with less.”