|Yolo County, through the Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Section, is contractually responsible for providing all cities, unincorporated areas, and the campus of University of California, Davis (UCD) with animal control ordinance enforcement, dog licensing, shelter operation and spay/neuter education services. In the past fiscal years, the Sheriff’s Office has contracted with the City of Davis, City of West Sacramento, City of Winters, City of Woodland, and UCD to receive reimbursement of such services. The term of the proposed five agreements with each jurisdiction is from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 with all agreements totaling $3,163,805 as detailed in the table below.
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The Sheriff’s Office will provide:
- The pickup of stray animals not in the presence of their owners that may be injured or sick and require the provision of medical care per Penal Code section 597(f).
- The provision of rabies control, including quarantine of biting animals and the pickup of high risk rabies animals for testing, per Health and Safety Code sections 120210-121690.
- Assistance to the Yolo County Coroner, fire departments, or other law enforcement agencies.
- Response to vicious animals.
- Response to contained stray or free roaming dogs
- The receiving and forwarding of Animal Complaint Reports to the appropriate jurisdiction
Services shall be limited to 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Services will be provided outside these specific hours only when authorized in advance by a representative of the requesting city, except for when required by Health and Safety Code section 121595 and 121600 or Penal Code section 597(f). In addition to the agreed compensation amounts, an additional hourly fee of $47.00 per hour will be reimbursed by the cities for any extraordinary incident defined as requiring a response time of more than ten County staff hours.
Total program cost to the cities and UCD is based on the Recommended Fiscal Year 2021-22 Animal Services budget. The total program cost is allocated between the cities of Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, Woodland, UCD, and Yolo County based on a three-year rolling averages of the number of animals housed and number of calls for service in order to smooth out any drastic changes to patrol calls, animals housed, and /or licenses sold from year to year. As a result, net program costs are recovered through these revenue agreements, with Yolo County only responsible for the portion of costs associated with animal shelter and patrol services provided to the unincorporated areas of the county.
For Fiscal Year 2021-22, Sheriff’s Office fiscal staff presented the cities with their calculated contract amount, with the understanding that the quarterly amount to be billed per the contract would be reduced by the amount of licenses sold for that jurisdiction, and other revenues received during the quarter. This ensures that the Animal Services budget will realize their full revenue appropriation of $3,163,805 while potentially reducing agreement amounts and increasing licensing compliance.
The one-year term revenue agreement allows for budgetary flexibility year over year. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to work with the participating agencies to look at every option possible to optimize the operating expenditures, increase revenues, and enhance the services provided by the Animal Services Section. The participating agencies have agreed to take a more active role in reducing service calls after hours, which has been in effect since 2015.
The Board approved the revenue agreements with the City of Davis, City of West Sacramento, City of Winters, and UCD on September 29, 2021. Because Woodland’s City Council had not yet approved their Agreement, the Sheriff’s Office had to return to the Board at a later date.
Because this agreement is between government entities, Board of Supervisors approval is now requested.