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Longview animal shelter rate increase could meet resistance

Longview animal shelter rate increase could meet resistance
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 7:21am

A planned request for a hefty rate increase from the Humane Society of Northeast Texas is likely to be met with resistance at Longview City Hall.

The Humane Society, which receives payments from the City of Longview and other area governments for sheltering stray animals, is floating an increase of as much as 60 percent above its current rate to continue services for Longview next year, Mayor Jay Dean said. Other local governments are facing rate increases, as well.

Outgoing Humane Society board President Susan Mazarakes-Gill confirmed the organization would ask for across-the-board contract increases in the coming year, but said amounts had not been finalized.

“The HSNTX provides a service (animal sheltering) to entities via a contract,” Mazarakes-Gill said in an emailed response to questions. “The contract rate for the City of Longview (and all other contracting entities) will be increased for FY 13-14 but the rate hasn’t been set.” 

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