After 35 years, Marana ends relationship with PACC - Tucson News Now

After 35 years, Marana ends relationship with PACC

(Source: Pima County) (Source: Pima County)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

After 35 years, Marana and the Pima Animal Care Center are parting ways.

The town council voted to end its long-term relationship with PACC during a meeting Tuesday, March 14.

Marana will now pay the Humane Society of Southern Arizona to shelter animals and will hire two animal control officers. The town will also need to establish its own licensing program and obtain vehicles and equipment for the officers.

Marana and Pima County first signed their Intergovernmental Agreement 35 years ago, when the cost to the town was $10,000 per year.

PACC's budget now exceeds $10 million annually and Marana was paying about $230,000 each year for its services.

Town leaders wanted to know if they could do the job cheaper so it advertised the job and received only one reply, a $46,000 bid from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

The new cost to Marana is expected to be around $212,000 per year with $156,000 in start-up costs.

Town officials said the move wasn't just about saving money.

They said they explored options to make sure taxpayers were getting the best quality service.

The day before the meeting, council member Roxanne Ziegler told Tucson News Now she thinks it will end up costing more.

"The calculations that I have done, it shows we will be down to a negative $30,000," she said. "And that's before all the other costs, like vet expenses."

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