Supervisors OK county Animal Services fee hikes to ensure agency recovers costs

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a series of fee increases for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services to impose on the 15 cities it serves, Tuesday, Jan. 8, ostensibly to ensure that the deficit-plagued agency recoups what it spends. “This has been a six- to eight-month process, developing formulas to address budget shortcomings and recover our costs,” Allan Frusys, director of Animal Services, told the board. “There’s nothing out of the ordinary. It’s something that we’ve failed to do. Now, we’re moving the department to full cost recovery mode.” Rancho Mirage resident Brad Anderson expressed opposition to the hikes, noting that the expenses borne by each city will be passed on to residents, like him. “For everybody who has and love
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