The City of Washougal budget for 2012 includes some funding for the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, through payments for dog impounding services.
The budget, approved 5 to 2 last night, includes $19,320 for professional services provided by the no-kill shelter located in the Port of Camas-Washougal Industrial Park. The budgeted amount would cover the cost of impounding 161 dogs at a rate of $120 per dog.
The 2011 budget included $70 per impounded dog and a subsidy of $12,500.
The $120 per dog impound fee is the same amount the Humane Society for Southwest Washington would charge the city.
During public comments, Marilyn Tyrrell brought a stuffed teddy bear to the podium as a visible reminder “of the animals in your care.”
“Please remember them,” she said to council.
The “no” votes regarding the budget were made by Dave Shoemaker and Michael Delavar.
Prior to the vote, Delavar said he would not be supporting the city’s payment of $50,000 for the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association. The city’s budget also includes $5,000 for the Columbia River Economic Development Council.