The Town of Mint Hill hopes to spend less money this fiscal year on animal control calls.
The town contracts with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care and Control and fees decreased from $122 per service call to $85.86 per call this fiscal year. The department decreased costs based on a number of factors, including the departmental budget, number of employees, city overhead cost, equipment depreciation and more, according to the department’s Verna Nelson. The 2012-13 fiscal year started July 1.
“The number of calls that are responded to are divided into the total cost for the operation of Animal Care & Control. Since the budget remained flat and the number of calls we responded to increased, the cost per call decreased,” she said.
Animal control officers responded to 564 calls in Mint Hill during the 2011 fiscal year, 524 calls last year and 32 calls from July 1 to 16, according to department records.