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May 7, 2012 9:03 AM by AP

Ascension chief urges animal control funding

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez says he believes the parish needs to look at setting up a dedicated funding mechanism to pay for parish animal control.

The Advocate reports the current user fee structure, coupled with flat fees the municipalities pay for parish services, generates about $140,000 per year.

But parish animal control costs about $400,000 a year to operate and funding is being drawn from roads to cover the $260,000 difference.

The shelter serves the unincorporated parts of Ascension and, by contract, the parish's three municipalities of Donaldsonville, Gonzales and Sorrento.

Council members did not offer a response to Martinez's call for dedicated funding, but Councilman Todd Lambert did ask whether the parish's contracts with the municipalities could be increased to bring in more revenue for animal control.

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