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[00:00:04]

I HAVE A LOT OF STUFF WE WANT TO GET TO TODAY.

SO, UH, HEY CRAIG, RYAN SEVEN, A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE HEARING RYAN.

CAN YOU HEAR? OKAY? UH, LET'S SEE.

YEAH.

SO RYAN, CAN YOU HEAR US AT ALL? DOESN'T THINK SO.

I DON'T THINK SO.

I THINK HE'S TRYING TO LOG BACK IN NOW.

THAT'S PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA.

WE'LL WAIT FOR RYAN TO GET HIM PLUGGED BACK IN.

BRIAN, CAN YOU HEAR YOU BACK IN? YEAH, HE CAME HERE.

OKAY.

SAY SOMETHING, RYAN.

THANKS.

I HAD TO LOG OUT COMPLETELY AND THEN LOG BACK IN AND IT, LET ME HEAR YOU GUYS.

WELL, THAT'S GOOD.

OKAY.

WELL LET'S, LET'S BEGIN THE MEETING THEN BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MUCH TO COVER.

SO LET'S SEE.

LET ME GET THIS.

[CALL TO ORDER]

OKAY.

I'M CRAIG NASER COMMISSIONED SHARE CALLING THE AUSTIN ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION MEETING TO ORDER AT 3:03 PM.

UH, THE DATE IS JULY 12TH VIA TELECONFERENCING 2021 K.

FIRST THING I WANT TO DO IS WELCOME OUR NEW COMMISSIONER HERRERA.

WELCOME TO THE COMMISSION AND, UH, UH, WE WE'RE, WE'RE HOPING TO WORK WITH YOU FOR A GOOD LONG TIME TO COME.

UH, VIRTUAL MEETINGS REQUIRE A VERBAL ROLL CALL.

SO I AM GOING TO DO A ROLL CALL OF, UM, ATTENDEES HERE.

SO, UM, FRANK NAZER I'M HERE.

BRIAN CLINTON, PRESIDENT NANCY NEMER, UH, LISA MITCHELL.

OKAY.

KATIE YARROW, PALMER, NEW HOUSE, EDWARD FLURRIES.

EDWARD.

DID WE HEAR YOU? I THINK IT WOULD BE, YEAH, YOU OKAY? WE HEARD YOU THERE.

OKAY.

UH, JOHN BRANDIS.

OKAY.

MONICA FRIENDED.

JOANNE NORTON.

YEAH.

LOT OF SMACK DOULA HERE.

YOLANDA RODRIGUEZ, PACHECO LOUISE HERRERA HERE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SO THAT MEANS EVERYBODY.

UH, WE, WE DEFINITELY HAVE A QUORUM.

UM,

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

HAS EVERYBODY HAD A CHANCE TO REVIEW THE APPROVAL OF MINUTES? OUR CHANCE TO REVIEW THE MINUTES SO WE CAN APPROVE THEM, PUT IT THAT WAY.

DO I HEAR A MOTION? I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS DRAFTED.

OKAY.

WE HAVE A MOTION A SECOND.

UH, ANY DISCUSSION.

OKAY.

HOW MANY LET'S VOTE? HOW MANY OF VOTE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES? SO I THINK THAT'S, UH, UNANIMOUS.

UM,

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HERE, I'M GOING TO CHANGE MY LAYOUT SO I CAN, I DON'T KNOW.

CAN YOU DO THAT WITH THIS PROGRAM WHERE YOU CAN SEE EVERYBODY WANTS, I DON'T KNOW.

IT'S THE GRID VIEW.

IT'S THE GRID VIEW UNDER LAYOUT.

OKAY.

LET ME DO THAT BECAUSE THAT'S GOING TO MAKE IT A LOT EASIER ON ME.

LET'S SEE.

OKAY.

THERE WE GO.

GREAT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SO, UM, UH, NEXT IS, UH, THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER AND ANIMAL SERVICES.

CRAIG, FIRST WE NEED TO DO CITIZEN COMMUNICATION PLEASE.

FIRST THEY GOT TO DO THAT.

OH YES.

I'M SORRY.

I SKIPPED THAT.

SO WE'RE GOING TO DO CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

OKAY.

BEEN REALLY QUICK FOR JUST ONE SECOND.

YEAH.

WHAT'S WHAT IS IT IF I AM SO PERMITTED, I'D LIKE TO A MOTION TO MOVE ITEM FOUR B IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING STAFF BRIEFING.

SINCE IT'S SUCH AN IMPORTANT TOPIC, I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE TIME TO COVER IT TODAY.

OKAY.

DO I HEAR A SECOND? I'LL SECOND.

OKAY.

ALL IN FAVOR.

I THINK.

UH, LET'S SEE.

THAT LOOKS UNANIMOUS.

OKAY.

SO WE'RE GONNA MOVE

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL ]

THAT UP.

SO NOW WE'RE GOING TO CITIZENS COMMUNICATION AND UH, THE FIRST REGISTERED SPEAKERS.

AMBER ROLLAND, ARE YOU HERE, AMBER? YES.

YES.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES, GO AHEAD.

UH, YEAH, MY NAME IS AMBER ROLAND AND I'M A RESIDENT OF DISTRICT ONE AND I WANTED TO SPEAK REGARDING ITEM FOUR B THE, UH, REGARDING THE MEMO TO MAYOR AND COUNCIL ANNOUNCING POTENTIAL NOTIFICATIONS OF EUTHANASIA PER SPACE.

UM, THE SUBJECT OF THE MEMO THAT WAS ACTUALLY SENT TO MAYOR AND COUNCIL WAS, UM, AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER SPACE AND CAPACITY CRISIS.

AND IT DIDN'T ACTUALLY SAY ANYTHING ABOUT EUTHANASIA FOR SPACE.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE LANGUAGE IN THIS AGENDA AND IN THE MINUTES AND IN ANY DISCUSSION, UM, BE VERY CAREFUL REGARDING THE LANGUAGE SURROUNDING THAT.

UM, THE MEMO FROM CHIEF BLAND ACTUALLY SAID THAT THE SPACE CRISIS MAY CREATE THE NEED FOR STAFF TO ISSUE NOTIFICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE EUTHANASIA NOTIFICATIONS WOULD APPLY TO ANIMALS THAT HAVE BEEN IN OUR CARE FOR A LONG PERIOD DUE TO BEHAVIORAL CONCERNS.

IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT CHIEF BLAND IS SUGGESTING IS THAT, UM, BEHAVIORAL EUTHANASIA MAY BE REQUIRED BECAUSE OF THE SPACE AND CAPACITY CRISIS.

AND I JUST WANTED TO EXPRESS THE EXTREME IMPORTANCE OF MAKING SURE THAT THE LANGUAGE THAT IS USED IN THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION OF THIS MEETING REFLECT THE ACTUAL OPERATIONAL, UM, REALITY, UM, THAT'S BEING PROPOSED, UM, BECAUSE THAT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR, UM, THE SHELTER AND FOR THE STAFF AND FOR THE COMMUNITY THAT UNDERSTAND.

UM, I ALSO WANT TO MAKE THE POINT THAT IT IS IMPROPER TO, FOR THIS COMMISSION OR THE COUNCIL TO ASSUME FULL COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR EVERY MEASURE TAKEN UNDER NO KILL, UM, OR EVEN FOR A VERY HIGH LIVE RELEASE RATES.

UM, IN FACT, YOU KNOW, UNBIASED PUBLIC SURVEY OR STUDY HAS EVER BEEN CONDUCTED, UM, REGARDING PEOPLE'S, UH, WHAT PEOPLE THINK IS A LEGITIMATE REASON FOR EUTHANASIA.

UM, AND WHEN PEOPLE ARE GIVEN SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF THE ACTUAL DECISIONS FACED BY SHELTER STAFF, MANY REASONABLE AUSTINITES WOULD ACTUALLY IN FACT FAVOR EUTHANASIA IN MANY INSTANCES.

SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE LANGUAGE IN THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION FOR THIS MEETING AND THAT ANY DISCUSSIONS REGARDING THIS TOPIC, UM, ARE VERY CAREFULLY FOCUSED ON WHAT IS ACTUALLY BEING SUGGESTED.

AND THAT IS THAT THE PROFESSIONAL AND COMPASSIONATE STAFF AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER BE ALLOWED TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS BASED ON THEIR OBSERVATIONS AND ON THE HISTORY OF ANIMALS AS WELL, AS MUCH AS THEY KNOW ABOUT THEM, UM, TO MAKE EUTHANASIA DECISIONS POSSIBLY MORE OFTEN WHEN THERE ARE SPACE CRISIS, UH, WHEN THERE'S A SPACE CRISIS GOING ON.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, THE NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE JEAN DANIELS.

OKAY.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON.

UH, I'M JANIE DANIELS AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT 10.

I AM HOPING THAT DIRECTOR BLEND CAN SHARE HOW MANY STAFF ARE DEDICATED TO RECRUITING FOSTERS AND ADOPTERS.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT THE SHELTER WHERE MY TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING IS DOING EVERYTHING IT CAN TO PROVIDE LIVE OUTCOMES BEFORE CALLING FOR SPACE EUTHANASIA WITH THE BUDGET THEY HAVE COMPARED TO OTHER MUNICIPAL SHELTERS.

I HOPE THAT THOSE DOLLARS ARE FOCUSED ON GETTING ANIMALS OUT ALIVE AND USING EVERY RESOURCE THEY HAVE ON SITE AND ON STAFF.

[00:10:02]

I WAS REALLY SHOCKED TO LEARN ABOUT A C'S THREATS TO EUTHANIZE FOR SPACE.

AND I WOULD ASK FOR AN AUDIT OF THE CITY'S SHELTER THAT IS MADE AVAILABLE PUBLICLY.

SO WE UNDERSTAND WHERE THE BIGGEST NEEDS ARE FOR IMPROVEMENT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UM, THE NEXT SPEAKER IS SHANNON HOS.

UH, THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME A FEW MINUTES TO PASS ALONG A FEW THOUGHTS.

I HAVE A CHOCOLATE LAB THAT WENT MISSING ABOUT EIGHT WEEKS AGO.

I'VE DONE EVERYTHING THAT'S BEEN RECOMMENDED.

YOU CAN FOLLOW HIS FACEBOOK STORIES FROM YOUR FRIENDS HOME A FEW WEEKS AGO.

I JUST SEVERED.

YOU COULD ALSO USE 3, 1, 1 LOG REPORTS VIA THE APPLICATION OF THE WEBSITE TO SEE ANIMALS THAT ARE NOT NECESSARILY POSTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA.

I HAVE ALONG WITH A FRIEND OF MINE RESPONDED TO OVER 20 CALLS CHECKING TO SEE THE ANIMALS REPORT.

AND IF THEY MATCH REPPING, SOMETIMES I CAN CALL THE THREE ONE, ONE OPERATOR AND A KINDLY OPERATOR WILL GIVE ME SOME EXTRA INFORMATION.

SOMETIMES THEY JUST TELL ME THEY CAN'T EVEN SEE THE SR NUMBER ON JULY.

FIRST.

THE REPORT CAME IN, UH, TO 3, 1, 1 INSTEAD OF SON HAD REPORTED PICKING UP A CHOCOLATE LAB ON WELLS BRANCH PARKWAY.

AND I IMMEDIATELY CALL 3, 1, 1 TO SEE IF I GET OTHER INFORMATION OR IF THEY COULD REACH OUT TO THE REPORTER AND SEE IF IT WAS THE MASTER BREAKFAST.

I WAS TOLD THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE SYSTEM.

SO I WENT TO THE ADDRESS AND IT HAPPENED IN APARTMENT COMPLEXES, ALMOST 300 UNITS AT 10 30 AT NIGHT.

I COULDN'T DO A WHOLE LOT AT THAT POINT.

SO THE NEXT MORNING I SENT AN EMAIL TO DAWN BLAND AND THE RECLAIM DEPARTMENT REQUESTING INFORMATION EMAIL.

I RECEIVED BACK AT FOUR 20 THAT AFTERNOON WHEN PAULA, HELLO, SHANNON.

I HAVE REMOVED ON BLAND.

THE THREATS.

THANK YOU FOR REACHING OUT TO US.

ANIMAL PROTECTION HAS BEEN DISPATCHED TO PICK UP THIS DOG AND BRING IT TO THE SHELTER, BUT IT'S NOT HERE FROM DO A VISUAL COMPARISON.

THE FIRST THING IN ANIMAL SPECTRUM THREE, WE'LL DO A SCAN FOR A MICROCHIP.

THERE'S CERTAINLY INFORMATION ON THE CHIP IS UP TO DATE.

YOU WILL DEFINITELY BE HEARING FROM US SINCE THE CALLER IS NOT KEEPING THIS DOG IN THEIR CARE, BUT INSTEAD, ONCE IT PICKS UP, IT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR US TO REACH OUT TO HIM.

HE JUST WANTS US TO COME SIT, THE DOG GAPS, SLEAZY, WATCHING YOUR PHONE AND EMAIL FOR A MESSAGE FROM US.

HOPEFULLY WE'LL BE REACHING OUT SOON AFTER FURTHER COMMUNICATION.

I FOUND OUT THAT NO ONE WAS GOING OUT THERE AND SAID, THEY RECOMMENDED THE CALLER.

HANG ON SAM.

AFTER MULTIPLE EMAILS AND PHONE CALLS TO MYSELF AND OTHER CITIZENS.

SO THIS PARTICULAR REPORT, FOUR DAYS LATER, AAC FINALLY TRIED TO REACH OUT, BUT THE CALLER'S NO LONGER RETURNING PHONE CALLS.

SINCE THE INITIAL CALL A CHOCOLATE LAB WAS SPOTTED SIX DAYS LATER BEHIND THE COMPLEX.

I CAN ONLY SPECULATE AT THIS POINT THAT THE LAB WAS RELEASED BY THE CALLER, SHAME ON AAC FOR NOT ASSISTING US SOONER.

THIS DOES NOT HELP OUR PROBLEMS. I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE THE SAME GOAL AND THAT'S TO GET ANIMAL EFFECTS, THEIR FAMILIES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

HOWEVER, THERE WERE SOME SERIOUS ROADBLOCKS AT THE MOMENT AND SHE WANTS THE PUBLIC TO HELP AND HELP US.

I UNDERSTAND THE SHELTER'S FULL.

YOU NEED THE PUBLIC HEALTH OF HANGING ON TO AN ANIMAL.

SHE'S RECOGNIZED.

MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO HANG ON TO AN ANIMAL FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME.

SO DON'T TELL THE PUBLIC YOU'RE GOING TO PICK UP THE ANIMAL WITHIN 72 HOURS WHEN YOU'RE NOT, OR YOU CANNOT THIS INDIVIDUAL AND KIND OF PICK AN ANIMAL OFF THE STREET.

AND BY THE WORDS OF THE RECLAIM DEPARTMENT, THEY JUST EXPECTED YOU TO GET THE ANIMAL UP.

THE CALLER MAY NOT HAVE HAD THE TIME, THE INCLINATION TO POST SIGNS OR EVEN HAVE ACCESS TO SOCIAL MEDIA.

AND MAYBE THEY JUST DON'T CARE.

I HAVE A COUPLE OF SUGGESTIONS TO FIX SOME OF THIS.

THE FIRST ONE IS ANY FREE ONE-ON-ONE CALL FOR A LOOSE DOG OR A CONFINED PET SHOULD INCLUDE THE DESCRIPTION, VISIBLE TO THE MATCH.

WE CAN RESPOND.

WE CAN HELP GET OUR CATS AND DOGS OFF THE STREET.

THIS REDUCES THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS BEING RE-RELEASED IN THE STREET OR REQUIRING THEM TO GO TO THE SHELTER.

ALSO SAVES TAX PAYER MONEY.

SINCE THE INFORMATION IS ALREADY BEING TAKEN BY THE 3 1, 1 OPERATOR.

THIS IS A SIMPLE FIX AND NOT, I GUESS, UH, WE LOST THE COLOR.

OKAY.

UH, WE'LL GO ON.

UH, MACY SHARP.

YES.

HI, MY NAME IS MACY SHARP.

HI, MY NAME IS MACY SHARP AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT ONE.

UM, I AM ACTUALLY BY TRADE SOMEONE WHO WORKS IN DATA.

AND WHEN I LOOK AT THIS MEMO, UM, WE'RE JOHN BLAND SAYS THAT BETWEEN JUNE 1ST AND JUNE 23RD, THEY'VE TAKEN IN 1100 CATS AND DOGS.

I JUST DON'T SEE WHERE THE STRESS IS ANY DIFFERENT

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THAN ANY OTHER YEAR, BECAUSE WHEN I COMPARE IT TO PRE PANDEMIC YEARS AND 2019, FOR THAT SAME PERIOD, THEY TOOK HIM 700 MORE ANIMALS THAN THEY HAVE THIS YEAR IN 2018, 200 MORE.

AND IN 2017, 300 MORE.

SO WITH THE FACT THAT THEY'VE BEEN MAKING SO MANY EFFORTS TO KEEP ANIMALS WITH THE PEOPLE THAT FIND THEM OR HELP PREVENT SURRENDERS, THEY'RE ACTUALLY INTAKING LESS THAN THAT EXACT SAME PERIOD.

ANY YEAR PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC, I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT'S CHANGED WHY IT CHANGED, WHY ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE'S A SPACE CRISIS AND THEY'RE THREATENING EUTHANASIA AND THREATENING OUR NO KILL CITY, WHICH I THINK IS IMPORTANT TO A LOT OF AUSTINITES.

UM, AND AS A PART OF THAT, ONE OF THE BARRIERS TO ADOPTION IS ACTUALLY SPAY AND NEUTER.

THEY HAVE PLENTY OF DOGS WHO HAVE BEEN ADOPTED, BUT HAVEN'T ACTUALLY BEEN ABLE TO LEAVE THE SHELTER BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T BEEN SPAYED OR NEUTERED YET.

UM, WHICH IS ACTUALLY A BIG PROBLEM.

AND PERHAPS SOLVABLE JUST BY CREATING MORE APPOINTMENTS ON SITE OR WITH WORKING WITH A MANSA PET OR ANOTHER ORGANIZATION, UM, WITH THE CONTRACT, UM, TO GET THOSE ANIMALS OUT MUCH SOONER THAN THEY ARE RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE THEY'RE JUST TAKING UP SPACE WHEN THEY'VE BEEN ADOPTED.

AND THAT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO ME ON TOP OF THE FACT THAT THEY'RE TAKING IN LESS ANIMALS FOR THE SAME PERIOD THAN THEY EVER DID IN ANY YEAR PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC.

UM, SO FOR ME, A LOT OF THIS DOESN'T MAKE SENSE AND THERE SEEMS LIKE THERE ARE SOLUTIONS TO STAY NEUTER AND GETTING ADOPTED ANIMALS OUT THAT COULD HELP THE SITUATION THAT AREN'T BEING DONE.

UM, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, THE LAST CALLER IS PAT VAL STRAYS.

THANK YOU, CRAIG.

AND GOOD AFTERNOON COMMISSIONERS.

UM, AM I BEING HEARD? OKAY.

YES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, GREAT.

UM, MY NAME IS PAT ROSS TODAY.

YES, AND I LIVE IN DISTRICT NINE.

I SERVED ON THE ANIMAL ADVISORY COMMISSION FROM 1992 UNTIL 2008.

AND I HAVE CONTINUED MY VOLUNTEER WORK AND MY ADVOCACY WORK FOR UNOFTEN ANIMAL ISSUES UNTIL THIS DAY, I AM CALLING IN TO SPEAK TO FOUR ISSUES.

UH, ONE THE SPACE CRISIS TO THE APA AUSTIN PETS, ALIVE LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN THREE, THE CITY BUDGET, INCLUDING THE TRAVIS COUNTY PORTION AND THE ANIMAL SERVES DONATIONS FUND AND FOR OPEN INTAKE.

UM, MY FIRST COMMENT IS, AS YOU'VE HEARD FROM PREVIOUS CALLERS, AND AS YOU ALL KNOW, THE MEMO THAT IS BEING DISCUSSED, THERE IS A SPACE CRISIS AT AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER.

AND I AGREE WITH THE PREVIOUS CALLER THAT THIS IS NOT UNUSUAL.

THERE'S ALWAYS A SPACE CRISIS IN THE SUMMER, NOT ONLY IN AUSTIN, BUT IN PROBABLY IN EVERY SHELTER IN THE UNITED STATES.

UM, AUSTIN PETS ALIVE HAS REQUESTED A REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF PETS THEY TAKE FROM THE CITY.

AND THAT HAS BEEN IN THE LICENSE AGREEMENT.

AND THEY'RE ASKING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE MORE PETS FROM OTHER COUNTIES.

THIS REQUEST IS GOING TO GO BEFORE THE AUSTIN CITY COUNCIL AND AUGUST WHEN THE LICENSE AGREEMENT COMES UP FOR RENEWAL.

UM, BECAUSE IT, RIGHT NOW, IT'S ON A THREE MONTH EXTENSION.

I HAVE THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.

UM, WOULD AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER BE HAVING A SPACE CRISIS IF BOSTON PETS ALIVE OR NIGHT TAKING PETS FROM OTHER COUNTIES AND WE'RE TAKING, YOU KNOW, MAKING AUSTIN PETS AND ANIMALS AT THE AUSTIN ANIMAL SHELTER IT'S FIRST PRIORITY.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE COMMISSION HAVE A THOROUGH DISCUSSION ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FOUR ISSUES.

I, I AM.

I AM TRYING TO GET YOU TO DISCUSS, AND I WOULD LIKE THE COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSING NUMBER ONE, BEING THE SPACE CRISIS.

NUMBER TWO, BEING THE LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH AUSTIN, PETS ALIVE, NUMBER THREE, BEING THE CITY BUDGET, THE COUNTY BUDGET THAT FEEDS INTO THE CITY BUDGET AND THE AUSTIN ANIMAL SERVICES, DONATIONS, BUDGET DONATIONS, FUND BUDGET.

I THINK ALL THREE OF THOSE ISSUES RELATE TO, UH, SOME THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN ALLUDED TO BY PREVIOUS CALLERS.

AND THAT IS THAT AUSTIN IS NO LONGER AN OPEN INTAKE SHELTER AND IT HAS NEVER BEEN DISCUSSED WHETHER THERE ARE SOLUTIONS TO MAKE AUSTIN BE ABLE TO BE BOTH NOTE, BOTH OPENING CAKE AND NO PILL, UM, WITH A QUESTION ABOUT WHAT THE NO KILL NUMBER SHOULD BE A PERCENTAGE SHOULD BE.

UM, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF THE BUDGET? WHAT IS

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THE IMPACT OF THE LICENSE AGREEMENT? WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF THE SPACE CRISIS ON OPEN INTAKE AND HOW DO WE WORK ON SOLUTIONS? SUCH AS THE ONE I ALLUDED TO BY THE PREVIOUS CALLER THAT WE TRY TO GET SPAY-NEUTER TO BE DONE MORE QUICKLY, WE TRY TO GET, UH, ALL ANIMALS THAT ARE OUT THERE BEING REHOMED SPAYED AND NEUTERED BEFORE THEY ARE REHOMED.

HELLO? OKAY.

I'M NOT SURE.

WHAT'S CRAIG, I'M GUESSING THEY'RE GETTING CUT OFF AT THREE MINUTE, MARK.

YEAH, THAT'S WHAT I'M GUESSING TOO.

UH, THAT'S NEW, BUT ANYWAY, WELL, THANK YOU, PAT.

UM, SO

[2a. Austin Animal Center and Animal Services Reports]

NOW WE ARE GOING TO, UH, THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA, WHICH IS THE AUSTIN ANIMAL SERVICE AND ANIMALS, UH, CENTER AND ANIMAL SERVICES REPORT, WHICH IS DON BLAND AFTER THE COMMISSION IS CHASING THEM.

I'LL REVOKE BRIEF WITH THE REPORTS.

SO FOR JUNE, THE LAST OUTCOME PERCENTAGE WAS 95.9%.

YOU HAD ABOUT 1,205 ANIMALS BROUGHT TO THE SHELTER, WHICH INCLUDED 500, 900 DOGS, 640 CATS AND 50 TIME, UH, WILD ANIMALS, THREE BIRDS OF FIVE OPS STOP, FIVE LIFESTYLE.

WE HAD A TOTAL OF 685 ANIMALS THAT WERE ADOPTED FROM THE SHELTER.

APLS WERE ABLE TO RETURN 50 ANIMALS TO THEIR OWNERS IN THE FIELD AND HANDOUT OUT FENCING APPLICATIONS.

UM, WE HAD A TOTAL OF 14, 1,491.

OUR VOLUNTEER HOURS DONATED TO US IN THE MONTH OF JUNE.

UM, RIGHT NOW THERE ARE CURRENTLY 427 ANIMALS IN OUR FOSTER HOMES.

256 ANIMALS WERE TRANSFERRED TO 2 24, UH, VARIOUS BREASTFEED PARTNERS THAT WE HAVE IN VET SERVICES.

WE TREATED ABOUT 194 EMERGENCY CASES.

WE DID 539 SPAY NEUTER SURGERIES, AND A LITTLE LESS THAN 900 VET EXAMS. UM, PRC STAFF WAS ABLE TO HAND OUT 2,400 BASIC ITEMS OF SUPPLIES, INDIVIDUALS, FOOD, BAD LEASHES, AND, AND DEFERRED 24 DOGS WITH BEHAVIOR ISSUES.

UM, THERE WERE 201 ANIMAL BOUNTY FOUND ANIMAL REPORTS THAT WERE REPORTED AND 183 LOSS ANIMALS REPORTED.

WE HAD A HUNDRED NEW, UH, NEW SUBSCRIBERS TO LOS AND FOUND EACH X TEXT PROGRAM.

AND OUR CHAT BOT CONTINUES TO BE A, A FEATURED FUNCTION ON OUR WEBSITE.

WE HAD 2,220 2026 CONVERSATIONS WITH ME MEMBERS WERE LOOKING FOR RESOURCES INFORMATION.

SO SORRY I BREEZED THROUGH THAT, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'VE GOT IT BRIEFLY.

YEAH, GO AHEAD.

YEAH.

IS THERE ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS JASON'S PART BEFORE I GO TO THE COVID UPDATE? YES MA'AM YEAH.

I HAVE A QUESTION.

UM, DO YOU HAVE THE, HAVE THE 201 FOUND ANIMAL REPORTS AND 183 LAST ANIMAL REPORTS THAT ARE FILED? DO YOU HAVE OUTCOME INFORMATION FROM US ON HOW THOSE CASES MIGHT'VE BEEN RESOLVED OR FOLLOW UP DATA? UM, I DON'T BELIEVE SO.

CAUSE THESE ARE JUST FILED WITH US.

UM, I'LL HAVE TO CHECK WITH PRC AFTER.

I THINK AFTER A FEW WEEKS, WE DO FOLLOW UP WITH JUST THE BASIC, UH, CONTACT INFORMATION WITH INDIVIDUALS TO SEE IF THEY'RE ABLE TO RESOLVE OR WE'RE ABLE TO FIND IT, IDENTIFY THE OWNER FROM THAT LOSS PET.

UM, BUT BECAUSE I THINK THAT, I THINK THAT THAT DATA I'D LIKE TO SEE IF WE COULD MAYBE GET SOME OF THAT DATA EXPLAINED BECAUSE THERE WAS A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT CAME, THAT WERE IMPLYING THAT LIKE AFTER THREE DAYS, A LOT OF THE PEOPLE HAD FOUND THE OWNERS OR OTHER LIVE OUTCOMES.

AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S BEING CAPTURED AFTER THOSE ARE FILED OR WHAT PERCENTAGE.

AND I'M JUST WONDERING IF THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN GET REPORTING ON BECAUSE IT'S NICE TO SEE THAT THEY WERE FILED, BUT I'D REALLY LIKE TO KNOW WHAT, WHAT THAT OUTCOME OF THEM, WHAT, WHAT, WHAT HAPPENED? I KNOW THAT MARK HAS MENTIONED, UH, THAT OF THE STRIKE AND FIND THAT THEY FOLLOW UP ON THAT BY THE TIME THE APS CONTACT THOSE PEOPLE, THAT 50% OF THOSE HAVE ALREADY FOUND THE ANIMAL'S HOME.

THAT WAS, YEAH.

WELL, AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS I READ SAID THAT WITHIN THREE DAYS, 50% THEY HAD EITHER FOUND THAT HOME OR HAD LOCA HAD ANOTHER LIVE OUTCOME, WHICH TO ME SOUNDS LIKE REHOMING.

AND I JUST WONDERED IF WE COULDN'T GET MORE CLEAR, CONCISE DATA ON THIS ISSUE AS TO HOW, UH, LONG IT'S TAKING TO FOLLOW UP WHAT'S HAPPENING.

WHEN WE DO FOLLOW UP, WHETHER THEY WENT TO AN OWNER, IF THEY WENT WERE REHOMED HAD THEY WORKED THE STEPS TO TRY TO FIND THE OWNER, WHAT, I MEAN, TRY TO COLLECTING INFORMATION TO SEE HOW SUCCESSFUL THIS IS OR WHERE THEIR AREAS

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THAT PERHAPS WE NEED TO PROVIDE FURTHER SUPPORT OR EDUCATION FOR THE PUBLIC THAT'S HELPING WITH THIS.

OKAY, WELL, I'LL FOLLOW UP WITH PET RESOURCE CENTER STAFF, UM, ON HOW, WHAT WE'RE DOING ONCE WE WE'VE FILLED AGAIN, WE'RE BRINGING THE ISSUE WITH THE AID NUMBERS AND THE REPORTS.

SO IF WE'RE FOLLOWING UP WITH ANY CONTACT INFO OR HOW IT'S BEING SORT OF RESOLVED IN OUR SYSTEM, THANK YOU.

I MEAN, I THINK THAT'D BE NICE TO BE ABLE TO SAY OUR RESPONSE TIME IS AVERAGING X NUMBER OF HOURS OR X NUMBER OF DAYS.

AND WE'RE FINDING THAT 50% OF THE TIME WE GOING TO CALL THEM BACK, YOU KNOW, LIKE GETTING SOME BUILDABLE STATISTICS REGARDING THIS, I THINK WOULD BE GREAT.

OKAY.

I'LL FOLLOW UP WITH WHATEVER I FIND.

THANK YOU.

I'VE GOT A QUESTION BEFORE YOU GUYS MOVE ON TO THE COVID UPDATE.

WELL, WE GOT SOME EMAILS OVER THE WEEKEND FROM CITIZENS CONCERN THAT INTAKE IS NOW CLOSED ON THE WEEKENDS.

UM, CAN YOU GUYS PLEASE COMMENT ON WHAT THAT ISN'T IN RESPONSE TO AND HOW LONG YOU THINK THE PRACTICE IS GOING TO GO ON IF IT'S IN RESPONSE TO SOMETHING SPECIFIC.

UM, AND THEN LASTLY, HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET AN INTAKE APPOINTMENT? WELL, I KNOW THAT, UH, WE OFFICIALLY ARE CLOSED ON THE WEEKENDS, BUT UNOFFICIALLY, WE STILL TAKE IN ANIMALS ON THE WEEKENDS WHEN PEOPLE SHOW UP AT OUR PR STATE, UH, IT'S BEEN A STAFFING ISSUE.

UH, WE'VE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FILL THOSE STAFFING POSITIONS.

UH, SO THAT'S, THAT'S WHY THAT, UH, WE'RE TRYING TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM.

WE'RE EVEN TRYING TO HIRE TEMPORARY SAPS, COME IN IN THERE AND WORK ON THE WEEKENDS.

WE'VE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL AT FINDING PEOPLE THAT WANT TO GO TO WORK, UH, ON A TEMPORARY BASIS.

UH, SO THAT CHANGE WAS MADE AND WE STARTED LOSING STAFF AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC.

AND WE SUFFERED WITH THAT THROUGHOUT THAT PANDEMIC WITH LOSS OF STAFF AS FAR AS TOKENS RIGHT NOW, BUT YOU'RE BOOKED OUT THROUGH AUGUST 23RD.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, HERE'S THE BREAKDOWN OF WHAT WE'RE EXPECTING BETWEEN TOMORROW AND AUGUST 23RD, WE HAVE ABOUT $139 61 CATS INSTEAD OF POCKET PETS ARE SLATED FOR OWNER SURRENDER APPOINTMENTS.

OKAY.

WHAT ABOUT GRACE SURRENDER? WHAT ABOUT STRAY INTAKE? SO DURING THE WEEK WE ARE, YOU KNOW, IF INDIVIDUALS BRING GUYS, WE'LL TRY TO WORK WITH THEM TO SEE IF THEY CAN TAKE THE PET BACK.

BUT IF THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY LIKE WHERE WE NEED TO JUST LEAVE THE PET, THEN WE WILL TAKE THE PET OVER THE COUNTER.

UM, DURING THE WEEK, AS I WAS MENTIONING DURING THE WEEKEND, HOW ABOUT THE PRC IS CLOSED? YES.

I MEAN, EVEN IF THEY COME WITH A PATCH, WE'LL TRY TO TALK TO THEM AGAIN, HAVE CONVERSATIONS THEY COULD HAVE, BUT IF THEY LEAVE THE PET THEN YEAH.

WHEN YOU INTAKE IT, CAN I CLARIFY? YOU'RE SAYING THE ENTIRE PRC IS CLOSED ON THE WEEKENDS.

YES MA'AM.

SO DOES THAT MEAN IT'S CLOSED FOR PEOPLE THAT NEED RESOURCE ASSISTANCE TO, I NEED PET FOOD OR, WELL, IF THE INDIVIDUAL'S COMMENTS SAY THAT HE DOESN'T SAY STAFF ON SITE, EITHER SUPERVISORS OR WHATNOT, WE'LL, WE'LL, WE'LL HAVE THAT WITH THOSE RESOURCES OVER TO THEM OFFICIAL POLICY RIGHT NOW DUE TO STAFFING ISSUES IS THE ENTIRE RESOURCE CENTERS CLOSED ON THE WEEKENDS.

YEAH, I WAS BENCHING.

YEAH.

IF WE CAN GET AT LEAST THOSE TEMPORARY POSITIONS, THEN AGAIN, WE'LL, WE'LL, WE'LL TRY TO OPEN IT UP DURING THOSE TIMES RIGHT NOW, BUT CURRENT STAFFING LEVELS, WE'RE ONLY ABLE TO REALLY FEDERAL DURING THE WEEK.

UM, YEAH, BUT, UH, ON THE WEEKENDS, THE SUPERVISORS ON SITE AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS ARE HELPING WITH THAT DEPARTMENT AND THE CUSTOMERS THAT DO SHOW UP.

DO WE HAVE POSITIONS POSTED EVERYWHERE? I ASSUME WE'RE ACTIVELY TRYING TO HIRE.

YEP.

YES, YES.

YEP.

WE DON'T HAVE ANYWHERE EMPTY POSITIONS.

JUST TEMPORARY.

YEAH.

IT WAS A TEMPORARY POSITIONS.

WE HAD THOSE, WE HAVE THEM ON INDEED AS WELL.

SO WE HAVE A POST ON OUR CITY WEBSITE AND WE ALSO HAVEN'T CHOSEN OTHER OUTLETS LIKE INDEED AND WHATNOT.

OKAY.

UH, JOANNE, DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION? YEAH.

UM, UH, JUST TO COMMENT ON, UM, BUT JOBS, UM, VOLUNTEERS ARE ALSO POSTING ABOUT THE JOBS, UM, GETTING IT OUT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND FRIENDS OF AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER POSTED.

SO WE'RE TRYING TO CAST A WIDE NET TO, UM, GET THOSE POSITIONS FILLED.

UM, I JUST HAVE A QUESTION.

NUTS, SPAY AND NEUTER SURGERIES.

UM, WHY ARE THEY PERFORMED BEFORE WE RELEASE AN ANIMAL? OH, WELL AT LEAST WHEN THEY'RE ADOPTED.

UM, YES, WE HAVE TO, WE HAVE TO PERFORM THE SPAY NEUTER BEFORE IN ORDER FOR THE ADOPTION TO MOVE FORWARD.

AND IS THAT UNDER THE LAW THAT SAYS ANY DOG THAT OUR CAT THAT'S, UM, SORRY, I DIDN'T HAVE THE REFERENCE THAT IS SOLD OR IN THIS CASE, UM, YOU KNOW, WE COLLECT A FEE FOR

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IT.

LEGALLY HAS TO BE ON SPARE NEUTERED BEFORE GUYS SAYS THE RELEASE.

WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT STAY NEAR FOR ONE, UNLESS THERE'S SOMETHING MEDICALLY WRONG WITH THE ANIMAL.

AND WHY DOES IT APPLY TO AAC AND NOT AUSTIN PETS ALIVE? GOOD QUESTION.

BECAUSE IT'S NOT A LAW.

THAT'S WHY THERE WAS NO SUCH LAW.

IT'S REALLY FRUSTRATING.

IT'S REALLY FRUSTRATING TO KEEP HEARING AT THESE MEETINGS, LEGAL CLAIMS THAT ARE FALSE.

WELL, I'M NOT SAYING IT'S A CLAIM.

I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND IT.

I KNOW THE, THE, THE, SO THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING RYAN.

YEAH.

THE LAW SAYS THAT THEY CAN REQUIRE A CONTRACT TO BE SIGNED.

YOU HAVE 30 DAYS TO GET IT RIGHT.

BUT RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THOSE DON'T.

MANY OF THOSE DON'T COME TO FRUITION IN THE ANIMALS NEVER GETS PAINTED.

SO DINNER IS MADE THE DECISION THEN PLUS OR SOMETHING.

RIGHT.

AND THAT'S THE REAL ANSWER.

THE ANSWER IS NOT THAT THE LAW REQUIRES IT AND, AND RYAN, IF IT, UM, OKAY, SO IT DOES A REQUIRE IT AND THERE'S NO FOLLOW-UP IF PEOPLE DON'T BRING THE DOC, THEY SIGN A CONTRACT, I GUESS THERE'S A LOT OF REQUIRED A CONTRACT BE SIGNED THAT THE ANIMAL WILL BE SPAY OR NEUTER.

THE LAW.

THE LAW REQUIRES THEM TO SIGN A CONTRACT SAYING THAT THEY WILL STAY NEAR TO THE ANIMAL.

AND I BELIEVE THE LAW REQUIRES, UH, AND I DON'T CAN'T REMEMBER IF I WERE HIRED AS A FOLLOW-UP IN 30 DAYS OR THAT THEY HAVE TO BE DONE WITHIN 30 DAYS.

AND AFTER THAT, THERE'S, THERE'S NOTHING LEFT OF THE LAW.

PART OF IT, IT'S A POLICY.

I JUST THINK WE NEED TO BE CLEAR THAT THAT'S OUR POLICY AND THAT THAT'S NOT THE LAW.

AND WHEN, WHEN IT STATED THAT THAT'S THE LAW, THAT'S, THAT'S NOT CORRECT.

SO IT'S A POLICY.

SO IF THE AGENCY ARE RESCUED, CHOOSES NOT TO FOLLOW UP OR CAN'T FOLLOW UP, IT JUST THE DOGS OR CATS OR DOGS OUT THERE WITHOUT SPARE NEUTER WHILE WE DON'T KNOW WHETHER THEY ARE, BUT, UM, THAT THEY HAVEN'T BEEN SPAYED OR NEUTERED.

UH, THEY AT LEAST WE DON'T KNOW AS THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION.

THANKS FOR CLARIFYING.

UH, WAS THERE ANOTHER BOMBER? DID YOU HAVE? YEAH, WELL, I STILL HAD ONE MORE.

I STILL DIDN'T.

I'M SORRY.

MAYBE I MISSED, I DIDN'T HEAR IT, BUT I WAS STILL NOT UNDERSTANDING EXACTLY.

IF I FIND A DOG ON SATURDAY, I SAW ONLINE THAT IT SAYS I NEED TO SCHEDULE AN INTAKE APPOINTMENT.

HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE FOR ME TO GET THAT INTAKE APPOINTMENT? IF IT'S NOT AN OWNER SURRENDER.

I MEAN, TECHNICALLY YOU COULD BREAK THE PET.

I MEAN, THAT'S NOT WHAT THE TELLS ME.

I HAVE TO, IF I'M FOLLOWING WHAT THE WEBSITE SAYS, WHEN WILL I BE OFFERED MY APPOINTMENT TO BRING MY ANIMAL IN FOR FRANTIC? WELL, AND THAT, BECAUSE ACTUALLY WHAT THE HAAS PROGRAM IS DOING IS DEFERRING IN TYPING AND GIVING PEOPLE RESOURCES.

SO WE WANT TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH THOSE PEOPLE PRIOR TO THEM COMING IN SO THAT WE CAN MAYBE MITIGATE THAT AND SOLVE THEIR ISSUES.

YEAH, I, YES, I UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT WHAT'S THE, WHAT'S THE WAIT FOR ME TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT IF I CAN'T KEEP THE ANIMAL AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT CURRENT WE'RE UP TO.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CURRENT WAIT TIME WAS.

I MEAN, YOU WANT TO GO ASK CHELSEA REAL QUICK? YEAH, WE'LL GET THAT ANSWER HERE AND JUST SAY, OKAY, SO THAT WAS ON, ON INTAKE.

CAUSE I HEARD YOU TALK ON, ON HER SURRENDER, THAT STRAYS ARE DIFFERENT.

UM, AND THEN, UH, I GUESS THAT GOES BACK TO, I STILL WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE DATA OF WHAT WE'RE COLLECTING OF EXACTLY.

WHO'S GETTING WHAT AND WHAT'S HAPPENING BECAUSE I'M, I'M HEARING STILL ABOUT PEOPLE'S PETS BEING REHOMED OR PEOPLE FINDING PETS AND THEN REHOMING THEM AFTER NOT GOING THROUGH ALL THE CHANNELS.

YEAH.

I'M TRYING TO GET THAT INFORMATION NOW WHILE WE'RE WAITING, I'VE GOT A FOLLOW UP JOANNE'S COMMENTS ABOUT VOLUNTEERS KIND OF HIT HOME.

I'M HAVE WE LOOKED INTO VOLUNTEER IMPLEMENTATION FOR PRC ON THE WEEKENDS.

I'M JUST, I KEEP IMAGINING ALL, EVERYONE WHO WORKS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, BEING ABLE TO ACCESS CITY FUNDED RESOURCES.

UM, AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT KEEPING PETS IN THEIR HOME IN DIFFERING INTAKES, NOT HAVING ACCESS TO THE PRC ON THE WEEKENDS IS, IS CONCERNING.

HAVE WE LOOKED INTO VOLUNTEERS? CAN, ARE THERE THINGS THAT VOLUNTEERS COULD BE DOING IN THE PRC TO ASSIST THE PUBLIC? I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'VE OFFERED VOLUNTEER POSITIONS IN THE PRC BEFORE WITHOUT MUCH TRACTION.

UM, THE FEW WHO HAVE SIGNED UP AND SHE DO FLESH OUT VERY QUICKLY BECAUSE IT'S AN APARTMENT THAT HAVE A LOT OF REALLY TOUGH CONVERSATIONS OF THE OUTLAY.

AND SO WE'VE HISTORICALLY HAD A REALLY HARD TIME KEEPING VOLUNTEERS IN THOSE POSITION.

HAVE YOU LOOKED INTO SPLITTING, UM, YOU WITH THE AVAILABLE STAFF YOU HAVE, SO THAT WE'RE

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OPEN AT LEAST ONE WEEKEND DAY, IT'LL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAYS, BE OPEN ON SATURDAY, SOMETHING.

SO THAT FOLKS WHO WORK MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY CAN ACCESS CITY SERVICES.

UH, YEAH.

WE'VE LOOKED AT SORT OF ENTERTAINING THOSE CHANGING SCHEDULES.

UM, SORRY ABOUT THAT.

UH, JUST TO SEE A WEEK, WHAT, WHAT SORT OF COVERAGE WE COULD HAVE, UM, MAINLY JUST TO ENSURE THAT IF PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO COME, THEY'RE ABLE TO SPEAK WITH SOMEONE WHO'S, WHO'S DEFINITELY PRACTICE AND, AND CAN TALK TO INDIVIDUALS, UH, UM, UM, WHATEVER RESOURCES NEEDS IN NEW YORK, THEY HAVE TO BRING US A STRENGTH.

I DID GET AN ANSWER TO YOUR PREVIOUS QUESTION.

IT'S ABOUT THE TWO TO THREE DAYS, WAIT FOR STRAINS WITH THEIR TRIAD.

WE TRIAGE THEM BASED OFF IF THEY'RE SACRED DANGER.

THAT'S TWO TO THREE DAYS.

WAIT AFTER I FILL OUT THAT I NEEDED AN APPOINTMENT.

YEAH.

AND THEN IF THEY'RE, IF THEY'RE SICK OR INJURED, THEN OBVIOUSLY WE BUILD A PRIORITY AND WE ASK THEM TO BRING IT IN SOONER.

LOTTA HAS A QUESTION.

WHAT'S YOUR QUESTION.

YEAH.

I HAVE A COUPLE OF FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS HERE BECAUSE I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING AROUND HERE.

UM, FIRST SOMEONE ON THE ASO STAFF THERE, UM, MENTIONED SOMETHING WHEN WE WERE ASKING ABOUT THE STAFFING AT THE PRC AND DON MENTIONED THAT THEY DON'T HAVE THE STAFF TO DO IT, UH, THAT THEY WERE TRYING TO HIRE TEMPORARY.

AND DID I HEAR CORRECTLY THAT, SO WHOEVER THAT WAS IN THE BACKGROUND SAID THAT WE HAVE, YOU HAVE NO FULL-TIME POSITIONS OPEN TO PRC.

YOU'RE JUST LOOKING AT TEMPORARY.

THAT'S CORRECT.

OR I'M SORRY.

NO, PERMANENT POSITIONS ARE JUST TEMPORARY.

THAT'S CORRECT.

THAT'S CORRECT.

SO IT HELPED ME UNDERSTAND THEM BECAUSE YOU'RE SAYING THAT YOU HAVE, YOU'VE LOST STAFF.

SO IF YOU'VE LOST STAFF, WHEN THOSE POSITIONS BE VACANT AND YOU WOULD BE TRYING TO FILL THEM.

WELL, I THINK THAT THE STAFF WE LOST WERE TEMPORARY STAFF.

WE ONLY HAVE FOUR FTES FOR THE PRC AND ONE SUPERVISOR, IF I'M NOT MISSING, I'M NOT MISTAKEN.

AND SO THE REST THAT WE HAVE, IF THERE ARE TEN FIRST OR A STAFF, AND WE'RE TRYING TO HIRE AN ADDITIONAL ONE, YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE SOME COVERAGE ON WEEKENDS.

OKAY.

SO YOU HAVE BASICALLY, YOU HAVE FIVE PERMANENT EMPLOYEES FOR THE PRC.

THE REMAINDER OF THEM ARE TEMPORARY POSITIONS THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO GET FILLED.

SO WE HAVE OF THOSE TEMPORARY, WE HAVE THREE, RIGHT.

THREE, WE HAVE THREE CURRENT TEMPORARY POSITIONS THAT ARE 20 HOURS A WEEK.

AND THEN WE'RE TRYING TO HIRE AN ADDITIONAL INDIVIDUAL AT 20 YARDS.

OKAY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

AND THEN MY, MY SECOND, MY SECOND FOLLOW-UP QUESTION HAS TO DEAL WITH JOANNE AND RYAN'S, UM, CONVERSATION ABOUT IT NOT BEING A LAW TO SPAY NEUTER.

IT'S A POLICY WHO, WHOSE POLICIES THAT IS THAT A CITY POLICY IS THAT AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER IS THAT INDIVIDUAL RESCUES.

WHOSE POLICY IS THAT? THE, IS THE STATE OF TEXAS REQUIRES ANY ANIMAL THAT'S ADOPTED FROM AN ANIMAL SHELTER TO BE SPAYED OR NEUTERED WITHIN 30 DAYS.

AND A LOT OF SHELTERS HAVE PEOPLE SIGN A CONTRACT THAT SAYS THEY WILL DO THAT WITHIN 30 DAYS.

IT IS THE POLICY OF THE AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER TO SPAN, NEUTER, EVERYTHING.

THAT'S NOT MEDICALLY ABLE TO BE SPAYED OR NEUTERED BEFORE THE ADOPTER PICKS IT UP BECAUSE HISTORICALLY PEOPLE THAT HAVE ADOPTED AND THERE'S NOTHING WRONG, THEY DON'T BRING THE ANIMAL BACK FARTHER SPAY AND NEUTER.

RIGHT? YEAH.

YES.

I, UM, UM, I REMEMBER THEY USED TO CHARGE, THEY USED TO CHARGE AN ADDITIONAL FEE AND THEN IF THE ADOPTER PROVIDED PROOF OF SPARE NEUTER, THEY GOT THAT ADDITIONAL FEE REIMBURSED TO THEM.

UM, AND EVIDENTLY THAT, THAT WASN'T REALLY WORKING, SO.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO IT'S, IT'S A STATE POLICY WITHIN 30 DAYS, AUSTIN ANIMAL CENTER HAS SAID THE PEOPLE AREN'T DOING IT.

WE'RE GOING TO DO IT HERE BEFORE WE SEND THEM OUT.

RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? AND MY, MY VIDEO IS GOING IN AND OUT WITH SOME OF YOU.

SO, UH, UH, AT THE MOMENT, I CAN'T SEE ANYBODY'S FACE.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR THE STAFF? SORRY, SORRY.

I JUST HAVE ONE MORE WITH SPAY NEUTER.

UM, ARE YOU STILL, UM, LIKE REDOING THE SPAY NEUTERS WHEN YOU CAN, WHEN THEIR SPACE TAKING DOGS IN ARE OUR CATS THAT AREN'T YET ADOPTED AND SPAYING AND NEUTERING THEM.

SO THEY'RE READY TO GO HOME.

YES.

YES.

THANK YOU.

IT'S GOOD POLICY.

I HAVE A QUESTION TO CRAIG.

GO AHEAD.

UH, IT WAS TOLD TO ME THAT, UM, THERE WAS A SOMEWHAT RECENT CHANGE OF NOT DOING SPAY AND NEUTERS ON WEEKENDS.

IS THAT CORRECT? CORRECT.

WE ARE DOING MORE, UH, DURING THE FIVE DAY WEEK THAN WE WERE EVER DOING WHEN WE WERE DOING

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SEVEN DAYS, SPAY NEUTERS, AGAIN, WITH THE PANDEMIC, WE LOST FOUR OR FIVE RELIEF FAST.

WE DON'T HAVE BEDS TO HIRE TO DO THIS.

UM, AND SO WE HAVE MADE SOME CHANGES IN OUR, WHO WE SIGN UP FOR SPAY-NEUTER FOR ONE, WE'RE NOT DOING THEM FOR RESCUE FOR TWO, OR, UM, INSISTING THAT AHS TAKE BACK OVER THAT SPADE NEUTER RELEASE PROGRAM FOR CATS.

WE HAD BEEN DOING ALL THOSE CATS.

WE ALSO PUT BOONE BARN CATS.

UM, AS OF YESTERDAY YOU COULD STILL BOOK AN APPOINTMENT FOR TOMORROW.

SO WE'RE NOT, I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT GOT STARTED, THAT WE'RE BOOKED OUT FOR TWO WEEKS.

THAT IS NOT A TRUE STATEMENT.

UM, WE JUST DID A 40 DAYS SURGERY ON SUNDAY.

WE'VE BEEN MAKING EXCEPTIONS, TRYING TO GET, WE HAVE 400 SOME ANIMALS OUT AND FOSTER THAT MOSTLY ARE KITTENS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO GET THOSE SPANNED NEUTER BECAUSE THEY'RE ADOPTED.

SO, UM, ANYWAY, THOSE ARE THE THINGS WE'VE DONE TO TRY AND RESOLVE IT.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FOR STAFF? I HAVE ONE CRAIG REAL QUICKLY.

GO AHEAD.

I'M JUST DOING THE SPAY-NEUTER CONVERSATION.

A COUPLE OF TIMES THERE'S BEEN, UM, SOME TALK ABOUT A STUDY THAT WAS DONE IN AUSTIN, ABOUT HOW, WHAT THE PERCENTAGE WAS THE PEOPLE COMING BACK FOR THEIR SPAY-NEUTER APPOINTMENTS.

CAN ONE OF YOU ALL SHARE THAT STUDY THAT WAS DONE WITH THE COMMISSION TO SEE THOSE STATISTICS? IT WASN'T A STUDY.

IT WAS, UM, IT WAS THE, I MEAN, IT WAS, IT'S BEEN SIX OR SEVEN YEARS THAT THEY, WE SAID DID IT, THAT WAS, WE WERE HAVING TO GO BACK.

SO I DON'T KNOW THAT IT WAS A STUDY.

I MEAN, WE MIGHT CAN FIGURE OUT THE DATA, BUT IT WAS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.

SURE.

IF YOU CAN SHARE THAT DATA WITH US JUST SO WE CAN SEE IT, THAT'D BE REALLY HELPFUL.

I DON'T KNOW THAT WE CAN, WE CAN TRY AND FIND IT, UH,

[2b. COVID Update]

JUST, UH, REAL QUICK, UM, THE COVID UPDATE, UH, BECAUSE WE'RE FULLY OPEN, UH, FOR ADOPTIONS AND EVERYTHING THAT THERE'S SOME BARRIERS FOR PEOPLE TO COME IN AND ADOPT FOR FOSTER.

THE ONLY CHANGE THAT WE'RE MAKING AS IT'S LEFT IS, UH, MOVING OUR HOURS BACK TO SEVEN O'CLOCK AND THAT WILL HAPPEN ON MONDAY THE 19TH.

ANY QUESTIONS ON THE COVID UPDATE? OKAY.

OKAY.

THEN LET'S MOVE ALONG TO CRAIG.

GO AHEAD.

GO AHEAD.

SO THE SEVEN O'CLOCK DAWN, IS THAT OPEN HOURS TILL 7:00 PM OR YES.

YOU SAID, YOU SAID SEVEN, 7:00 PM.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

AND I HAD A QUESTION ON THE COVID AVOID.

UM, DON, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU HAD MENTIONED IN EMAIL, I GUESS BACK TO COUNCIL WAS THAT YOU HAVE A PERSON NOW THAT IS DOING A DEDICATED TO OUT OF AREA TRANSPORT.

AND I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD MAYBE GIVE US A BRIEFING NEXT MONTH ON THAT, ON LIKE THE PROCESS, WHETHER OR NOT THEIR CONTRACTS, WHETHER OR NOT THE PEOPLE, THE, UH, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE RECEIVING THEM OR THE OTHER SHELTERS ARE VETTED AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE NO KILL COMMUNITIES, IF YOU COULD KIND OF GIVE US YOUR PARAMETERS FOR THAT PROGRAM AND TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT IT.

OKAY.

UH, WE'LL MORE THAN HAPPY TO HAVE, UH, THE MANAGER OVER THAT AREA DISCUSS AND GIVE THAT PRESENTATION, UH, BY GIVING IT TO THE STAFF HERE.

SO THAT'D BE EASY TO SHARE.

THANK YOU.

ANYTHING ELSE? OKAY, WELL, UH, NANCY HAS NOW JOINED US, UH, WHICH IS GOOD.

SO, UM,

[2c. ASO Budget, Robert Brizendine, City of Austin Budget Office]

LET'S HAVE THE ASO BUDGET, ROBERT BRISEN DEAN CITY OF AUSTIN BUDGET OFFICE.

GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYBODY.

UH, I HAD A PRESENTATION TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL.

I DON'T KNOW THE BEST WAY TO GO ABOUT GETTING MUCH BETTER.

THERE WE GO.

AWESOME.

OKAY.

THANK YOU ALL FOR HAVING ME.

UH, I WANNA TO JUST GIVE YOU SOME BACKGROUND.

SO I'M FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN BUDGET OFFICE.

I ACTUALLY WORKED WITH, UH, ANIMAL SERVICES THIS YEAR ON THEIR BUDGET.

AND, UH, I WANTED TO DO THAT.

THAT'S NOT THE NORMAL BUDGET OFFICE RESPONSIBILITY.

UH, USUALLY IT'S A PERMANENT STAFF AND USUALLY IT'S AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT STAFF WHO WORKED WITH ANIMAL SERVICES TO DEVELOP THEIR BUDGETS.

BUT, UH, THIS YEAR I WANTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BUDGETING PROCESS AND I'VE ALWAYS HAD A SOFT SPOT AS WE ALL HAVE WITH ANIMAL SERVICES.

I STARTED THERE WITH THE CITY 10 YEARS AGO.

AND SO I WAS WITH ANIMAL SERVICES FOR FOUR YEARS.

AND SO WHEN I MADE THROUGHOUT THIS MINISTRY, I WAS LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT? I SHOULD, UH, WORK WITH THEM AND TRY TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR BUDGET OR TROUBLES.

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SO I'LL BE PRESENTING THIS SHORT PRESENTATION ON THEIR BUDGET.

IT'S JUST A FEW SLIDES.

AND THEN AT THE END, I CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE.

SO, UH, NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO THIS IS A HIGH-LEVEL VIEW OF THE BUDGET PROCESS THIS YEAR.

I USUALLY IT DOESN'T CHANGE TOO MUCH EACH YEAR.

I MEAN, THE DATES OBVIOUSLY CHANGED, BUT THE LITTLE GRAPHIC AT THE TOP SHOWING THE JANUARY THROUGH APRIL, WHICH IS PALSY AND PRINT AND FORECASTING, THEY HAVE MAY THROUGH JUNE, WHICH IS BEZOS BUDGET DEVELOPMENT, AND THEN COUNCIL DELIBERATION AND ADOPTION, WHICH IS JULY THROUGH AUGUST.

THOSE SORT OF TIME PERIODS.

DON'T REALLY CHANGE THAT OFTEN, EXCEPT A FEW COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHEN I WE'LL TALK ABOUT THIS MORE LATER IN THE PRESENTATION, UH, THE STATE AFTER PROPERTY TAX AND AT WHAT WE COULD RAISE EACH YEAR.

AND SO IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, WE'VE ACTUALLY PUSHED THE BUDGET DEVELOPMENTAL PER MONTH.

SO IT USED TO BE IN SEPTEMBER THAT COUNCIL WOULD ADOPT, BUT NOW IT'S AN AUGUST THAT COUNCIL PROVIDES THEIR INPUT.

THEY PASS IMMENSE AND THEN THEY APPROVE THE BUDGET.

UH, AND SO JUST TO GO REAL QUICK ON THE KEY DATES.

SO JANUARY AND JANUARY, THERE WAS A MEMO SENT OUT TO BOARDS OF COMMISSIONS TO PROVIDE THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

UH, THERE WAS AN APRIL 9TH DEADLINE FOR THAT, BUT WE STILL GOT SAMPLES.

AND AFTER THEN, AND THEN, UH, CONCURRENTLY GOING WITH THAT THERE A FINANCIAL FORECAST REPORT SENT TO COUNCIL ON APRIL 16TH.

AND THAT'S DONE EVERY YEAR WHERE WE SORT OF TEE UP THE PROPOSED BUDGET.

I MEAN, THAT COUNCIL NOW, YOU KNOW, WHAT SALES TAX IS LOOKING AT PROPERTY TAXES, LOOKING LIKE WHAT THE ENTERPRISE DEPARTMENTS ARE LOOKING LIKE AND STUFF IN TERMS OF THEIR REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES.

AND THEN IN MAY, WE GOT OUR PRE POST BUDGETS SUBMITTED FROM DEPARTMENTS.

SO I SUBMITTED, UH, ANIMAL SERVICES, PROPOSED BUDGET TO THE BUDGET OFFICE.

AND THERE'S A SEPARATE BUDGET ANALYST WHO HELPED US THROUGH GETTING THROUGH PROPOSED BUDGET WITH, UH, THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE.

AND THEN THE THIN JUNE SENIOR MANAGEMENT DECISIONS ON WHAT TO ADD THE BUDGET.

AND THEN ON JULY 9TH, WHICH WAS THIS FRIDAY, THE CITY MANAGER PRESENTED A PROPOSED BUDGET TO CITY COUNCIL.

SO THAT IS, YOU KNOW, IT IS ONLINE AND EVERYONE CAN SEE IT.

AND THEN I'LL SHOW A BUDGET PAGE FROM ANIMAL SERVICES LATER.

AND THEN JULY 22ND AND JULY 29TH, THOSE ARE TWO COUNCIL MEETINGS AND THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

AND THEN ON AUGUST 11TH, WHICH IS A WEDNESDAY THAT'S WHEN COUNCIL WILL BE ADOPTING THE BUDGET.

NOW THEY CAN GO TO THURSDAY AND POSSIBLY FRIDAY.

SO IT'S JUST GENERALLY THAT WEEK THAT THEY WILL PASS THE BUDGET.

EXCELLENT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO THESE, UH, IS QUITE A BUSY SLIDE, BUT LET ME WALK YOU THROUGH IT REAL QUICK.

UH, SO THIS IS THE GENERAL FUND AND, AND THE REASON I WANT TO SHOW THE GENERAL FUND IS BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE MOST OF ANIMAL SERVICES, WELL, ACTUALLY, THAT'S ALL OF ANIMAL SERVICES OPERATING BUDGET IS IN THE GENERAL FUND.

THIS IS SEPARATE FROM THE DONATION FUND.

AND SO THE GENERAL FUND HAS TO BE BALANCED EVERY YEAR.

SO THAT MEANS THAT REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE BUDGETS, PEOPLE BOTH EQUAL $1.2 BILLION.

AND SO MOST OF THAT POWER, SORRY, A HALF OF THAT ABOUT COMES FROM PROPERTY TAX.

AND, AND I'LL MENTION THE, UH, A LITTLE BIT TALKING MORE ABOUT THAT THREE AND A HALF PERCENT PROPERTY TAX CAP THAT THE STATE PASSED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.

UH, AND THEN ABOUT A QUARTER IS SALES TAX.

AND THEN WE GET ABOUT 160 MILLION FROM PASTA WATER IN AUSTIN, ENERGY FROM UTILITY TRANSFERS, AND THAT'S BASED ON THEIR ACTUAL REVENUE AND THE PERCENTAGES ON THAT ARE BASED ON ACTUAL PROPOSALS.

SO THAT'S PASSED BY COUNCIL AND THEN THE OTHER THAT NICE NEBULOUS, OTHER CATEGORY THAT'S SURELY FEES AND FINES FROM DEPARTMENTS.

SO ANIMAL SERVICES DOES HAVE SOME FEES, CHARGES FOR SERVICE, SUCH AS LIKE ADOPTION FEES AND OTHER VARIOUS ANIMAL PROTECTION FEES AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

UH, SO THAT THAT'S ABOUT 136 MILLION IN THE GENERAL FUND FROM ALL THE DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE THERE.

AND SPEAKING OF THE DEPARTMENTS ON THE RIGHT THERE'S THE USE OF FUNDS, SO THAT'S GONNA BE ALL THE DEPARTMENT BUDGETS.

AND THEN I KNOW IT'S A LOT, BUT JUST WE CAN SEE ON THE RIGHT ANIMAL SERVICES, 60 AND A HALF MILLION, THIS IS FOR FYI 22.

SO THAT'S A LITTLE OVER 1%.

AND DO YOU HAVE THE BIGGEST COMPONENT IS POLICE AND THE LAST YEAR IS WE PROBABLY ALL KNOW THAT THERE IS A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT REFORMING POLICE AND RE-IMAGINING IT, BUT AT THE STATE PASSED A LAW THAT IF WE WERE TAGGED AS A DEFUNDING CITY, THAT, UH, WE, THEY COULD LIKE FREEZE OUR PROPERTY TAX CAP, SORRY, I'LL PROBABLY TAX AND FREEZE A LOT OF THINGS.

SO PLEASE HAVE TO BE RESTORED FOR FYI TWENTY-TWO AND PLEASE FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES THAT MAKE UP OVER 60% OF THE GENERAL FUND.

SO THAT IS A BIG COMPONENT OF THE GENERAL FUND.

SO

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NEXT SLIDE KIND OF TEES US UP.

SO REAL QUICK, THERE'S SPEAKING OF THE PROPERTY TAX CAP THAT THE STATE I ASKED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, THIS REALLY PUTS A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THE GENERAL FUND.

AND WHAT IT DOES IS IF THERE'S A PROPERTY THAT IS TAXED AND THE PREVIOUS FISCAL YEAR IN THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR, LIKE TAKING ALL THOSE PROPERTIES THAT KIND OF GIVES US A BASE FOR THE PROPERTY TAX.

AND THAT BASE CAN GO UP THREE AND A HALF OR MORE THAN THREE AND A HALF PERCENT EACH YEAR, EXCEPT BY THE VOTERS.

SO THE VOTERS LAST YEAR THAT THEY VOTED AND THE PROJECT CONNECT.

SO THAT WAS ONE THING THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO GET AWAY FROM THE 300%, BUT THAT'S DEDICATED SOLELY TO PROJECT CONNECT.

SO THAT CAN GO INTO ANYTHING OTHER THAN THAT.

SO THE CITY IS SORT OF STUCK AT THIS THREE AND A HALF PERCENT, UH, LIMIT EVERY YEAR.

IT CAN GO UNDER COUNCIL, OR YOU CAN MAKE THAT DECISION IF THEY WANT TO GO UNDER THREE AND A HALF PERCENT, BUT IT HAS TO BE AT THREE AND A HALF PERCENT AND ABOUT THE VOTERS HAVE TO APPROVE IT.

AND SO THIS YEAR WE ARE BALANCED AND, BUT NEXT YEAR IT, SO WHEN I SAY NEXT YEAR, I MEAN, FYI, TWENTY-THREE, THAT'S EXPECTED TO HAVE A FIVE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS THAT'S IN THE GENERAL FUND.

AND UNFORTUNATELY LIKE, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT $1.2 BILLION BUDGET, THAT MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A LOT, BUT WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE GENERAL FUND, IT IS ALL PUBLIC SERVICES.

IT'S NOT PAID FOR BY LIKE, YOU KNOW, AUSTIN ENERGY OR AUSTIN WATER BY RATES SPECIFICALLY BY HOW MUCH PEOPLE USE IT'S FOR OBVIOUSLY VERY USEFUL SERVICES, THE PUBLIC AND IT'S, UH, AND IT'S SUBSIDIZED BY PROPERTY TAX AND SALES TAX.

SO IT GETS TO THE POINT WHERE, WHERE, WHERE DO YOU, YOU KNOW, BALANCE THINGS.

AND IT BECOMES REALLY HARD BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, ALL OF THOSE SERVICES ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC AND THE COMMUNITY.

SO THAT IS KIND OF OVERLOOKING AT AN FY 23 IS A FIND A HALF MILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT.

AND THEN IT GOES ALL THE WAY UP.

SO EVERY YEAR, AND THEN GROWS TO 15.6 MILLION.

AND SO WHAT THAT DOES FOR US NOW IS THAT GENERAL FUND.

WE GENERALLY, IF WE HAVE SAVINGS TO FUND THINGS, WE GENERALLY FUND ONE-TIME ITEMS EACH YEAR BECAUSE WITH RUMOR BALANCED THIS YEAR, BUT THEN WE'RE PROJECTING THAT WE WON'T BE BALANCED NEXT YEAR.

IT'S HARD TO ADD POSITIONS TO THE BUDGET UNLESS THEY'RE FUNDED BY A SAVINGS OR FUNDED THROUGH REVENUE OR SOMETHING ELSE, BECAUSE THEN THEY WILL JUST GROW THE DEFICIT.

AND NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO THIS IS A SCREENSHOT OF ANIMAL SERVICES, BUDGET PAGE, AND THE FY 22 BUDGET.

THIS IS THE GENERAL FUND BUDGET, AND THIS DOESN'T COUNT THE DONATION FUNDS.

AND, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE A LOT OF NUMBERS HERE JUST ON THE RIGHT SIDE IS WHAT'S GOING TO BE DUE.

SO THAT'S GOING TO BE FOR AND A HIGH LEVEL IT'S 16 AND A HALF MILLION IS THE BUDGET.

THAT'S AN INCREASE OF 400,000.

AND I WILL DETAIL WHAT THOSE INCREASES ARE AT A MOMENT.

AND THE REVENUE BUDGET IS 2.4 MILLION.

SO THAT'S AN INCREASE OVER 500,000 AND THAT'S, THAT IS MORE OF A PROJECTION.

SO IF ANIMAL SERVICES WERE TO COLLECT MORE THAN 2.4 MILLION, THAT IS PERFECTLY FINE.

IT'S THE EXPENDITURE BUDGET.

THAT'S LIKE A CAP THAT YOU CAN'T GO FROM A 16.5 AND THE REVENUE INCREASE IS DUE TO, COVID REALLY IMPACTED A LOT OF THE REVENUES, BUT SHADE OPTION PS.

SO WE'RE EXPECTING ADOPTION FEES TO SORT OF COME BACK A LITTLE BIT TO NORMAL FYI, TRYING TO, AND THEN THERE'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT OF AN INCREASE IN THE INNER LOCAL WITH TRAVIS COUNTY.

AND THEN THE FINAL NUMBER I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT IS THE POSITIONS.

SO FTS ARE FULL-TIME EQUIVALENTS, AND THOSE ARE THE SET AT 114 FOR FY 22.

SO THAT IS NO INCREASE.

AND NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

AND SO GOING INTO THAT EXPENDITURE BUDGET, UH, SO THE FIRST SECTION ARE THE BASE COST DRIVERS.

SO BASE COST DRIVERS ARE GENERALLY USUALLY THINGS THAT GET FUNDED IN THE FORECAST.

AND THOSE ARE THINGS THAT ARE PROVED PREVIOUSLY APPROVED BY COUNCIL THAT HAD A, HAD A BUDGETARY IMPACT, OR THEY ARE A CONTRACTUAL INCREASE, OR LET'S SAY IF THERE'S A FACILITIES BUILT THROUGH THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, IT'S GOING ONLINE AND THEY NEED TO FUND THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FOR IT, PEDAL TO FURNITURE BASED COST DRIVERS.

SO THOSE, THOSE ARE THINGS THAT ARE EASIER TO GET IN THE BUDGET.

UM, AND THE BIGGEST COMPONENT IS 151,000 AND THAT'S WIDE ALLOCATION.

SO THAT'S LIKE A BIG BUCKET OF LIKE WAGE ADJUSTMENT.

SO THERE'S A 2.2% WAGE ADJUSTMENT FOR ANY POSITIONS HIRED BEFORE APRIL 1ST, UH, THAT INCLUDES INSURANCE AND INCLUDES A PENSION INCLUDES ANY SUPPORT FUNCTIONS LIKE CGM, WHICH IS IT.

SO STUFF LIKE THAT, UH, THERE WAS $98,000 ADDED FOR CONTRACTS

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FOR THE EMERGENCY AND SPECIALTY CARE AND AUSTIN HUMANE SOCIETY, STERILIZATION SERVICES.

SO THAT NEEDS CONTRACTUAL INCREASES.

THERE IS ALSO, WE ADDED ANOTHER 60,000 FOR RABIES AND TITERS VACCINATIONS FOR STAFF.

AND, UH, ANOTHER THING THAT CITY MANAGEMENT ADDED CITYWIDE IS THERE'S GOING TO BE A ONE TIME CIVILIAN COMPENSATION.

SO THERE'S A 2% WAGE INCREASE, BUT THERE'S ALSO THIS ONE TIME CIVILIAN COMPENSATION.

AND I BELIEVE IT'S 30 HOURS AND ABOVE THAT'S $500 HR ACTUALLY JUST COUPLE MINUTES, UM, GUIDELINES ON IT.

SO IT'S NOT $500 RENDERED DEPENDS ON WHERE THEY'RE AT OR WHAT THEY WANT EACH WEEK, 55,000 FOR ANIMAL SERVICES THERE.

AND THEN 39,000 FOR THAT SERVICES FOR INCREASED COST AND THEN SOME EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENTS.

AND THEN TWO THINGS I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THAT THEY'RE NOT ACTUALLY IN THE GENERAL FUND OPERATING BUDGET.

SO THESE ARE OUTSIDE OF THE 16.5 MILLION OR $400,000 FOR SURGERY OR RECOVERY KENNELS FOR LARGE DOGS.

THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT ANIMAL SERVICES NOTIFIED ME THAT THEY REALLY NEEDED.

AND WE FOUND A WAY TO GET IT IN THE BUDGET.

AND IT'S ACTUALLY, IT'S AN AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH CAPITAL BUDGET BECAUSE THEY HAVE A MORE ACTIVE CAPITAL BUDGET RIGHT NOW.

BUT ANIMAL SERVICES THAT IS BORN OVER SENT ACCESS TO THIS MONEY IS NOT GOING TO BE CONTROLLED BY ALL SINGLE ACCOUNTS.

IT'S JUST KIND OF WHERE IT'S SITTING.

AND THEN THERE'S ANOTHER $200,000 THAT IS REPLAYED ON UPGRADES AND REPAIRS.

AND SO LIKE THE OTHER ITEM, THIS IS ACTUALLY IN BUILDING SERVICES.

AND, BUT ONCE AGAIN, ANIMAL SERVICES, THIS IS THEIR MONEY TO ACCESS AND YOU WERE ABLE TO ADD IT TO EXISTING MONEY THAT IS IN BUILDING SERVICES FOR ANIMAL SERVICES AND NEXT SLIDE.

AND THAT'S IT.

I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF INFORMATION, SO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK ME ANY QUESTIONS AND JUST, UH, THANK YOU ALL FOR HAVING ME.

UH, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR ROBERT? I HAVE A QUESTION.

I DON'T KNOW THAT IT'S NECESSARILY FOR ROBERT.

UM, YOU MENTIONED THE DONATIONS FUND WASN'T INCLUDED IN ANY OF THIS, WHERE, WHERE WOULD THAT BE INCLUDED? SO AGAIN, THE BUDGET DOCUMENT, THERE IS A SECTION CALLED UNBUDGETED SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS.

AND SO THE REASON IT WASN'T INCLUDED IS BECAUSE THE DONATION FUND IS SINCE IT'S AN UNBUDGETED SPECIAL REVENUE FUND, IT'S NOT PART OF THE NORMAL BUDGETING PROCESS.

AND SO BASICALLY IT HAS MONEY COMES IN, LIKE THE BUDGETS CAN BE CHANGED.

SO FOR INSTANCE, WITH ANIMAL SERVICES OPERATING BUDGET, IT'S AT 16.5 MILLION AND COUNCIL.

SO COUNCIL HAS THE BUDGET, THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE CHANGES.

AND THEN WHEN THEY PASS IT, IF THEY MAKE ANY CHANGES IN THE BUDGET, THAT'S THE FINAL NUMBER FOR ANIMAL SERVICES FOR FY 22.

SO FROM OCTOBER 1ST TO SEPTEMBER 30TH, IT CAN'T GO ABOVE WHATEVER COUNCIL PASS, UNLESS THERE'S A BUDGET AMENDMENT, BUT THE DONATION FUNDS, SINCE IT'S, IT'S, I PROVIDE YOU DID, HEY, THE BUDGET CAN BE CHANGED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

IT DOESN'T REQUIRE A BUDGET AMENDMENT WITH COUNCIL.

AND SO, AND THEN, AND SINCE, YOU KNOW, REVENUE IS COMING IN ALL THE TIME FOR THAT, IT DOESN'T MAKE AS MUCH SENSE TO LIKE SET A BUDGET RIGHT NOW, WHEN WE COULD SET A BUDGET, WE HAD SET A BUDGET IN OCTOBER, SEPTEMBER, YOU KNOW, WE COULD SET A DIFFERENT BUDGET EACH MONTH IF WE WANTED TO.

SO THAT'S WHY IT WASN'T PART OF THIS PRESENTATION, BUT THAT MAKES SENSE.

OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? YES.

KATIE, ARE THERE ANY METRICS FOR SPENDING LIKE ANNUAL DEPARTMENT GOALS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THIS BUDGET PROCESS? SO EACH YEAR, UH, DEPARTMENTS, THEY WORK WITH THE OFFICE OF PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT ON DEVELOPING THEIR KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS AND THEIR MEASURES.

SO THERE ARE METRICS INCLUDED.

WE HAVE NOT BEEN, I BELIEVE IT WAS LAST YEAR.

WE, THE BUDGET DOCUMENTS DON'T INCLUDE THE KPIS ANYMORE.

THEY ACTUALLY, FOR ON THE DEPARTMENT LEVEL TO ACTUALLY INCLUDE KPIS.

SO THERE'S A WHOLE SECTION ON STRATEGIC OUTCOMES.

SO COUNCIL APPROVED A FEW YEARS AGO, THE STRATEGIC TREE HAS SIX STRATEGIC OUTCOMES THAT ALL DEPARTMENTS ARE ALIGNED TO, AND THERE ARE PERFORMANCE MEASURES FOR THOSE.

AND SO THOSE ARE ACTUALLY INCLUDED IN, UM, IN THAT SECTION.

AND SO I BELIEVE ANIMAL SERVICES WOULD ALIGN MOSTLY WITH HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT, SO THEIR, THEIR KPIS WOULD BE THERE, BUT YES, THEY ARE.

THEY GOT PART OF THE BUDGET PROCESS.

THE MEASURES ARE OKAY.

THANK YOU.

I ACTUALLY HAVE A QUESTION.

UM,

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SO WHAT WE SEE IS FOR THE PAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS, WE'VE HAD THE SAME NUMBER OF FTES.

WE'VE HAD 114, UH, YET THE COUNTY AND THE CITY HAVE GROWN AND THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO GROW NOW.

I DON'T KNOW.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THIS IN THE BUDGET IN GENERAL, OR WHEN, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE WORK.

YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE, YOU KNOW, WITH A GROWING CITY WITH, AND WE DEAL WITH THE COUNTY TO, UH, HOW DO YOU NORMALLY PLAN FOR THAT? IS THAT DONE JUST WITH THE CITY COUNCIL OR DO YOU HAVE SOME METHOD OF TRYING TO FIGURE THIS IN? SO, AND THAT'S, THAT'S THE, UH, THE BIG QUESTION FTES ARE ALWAYS, IT'S ALWAYS A HARD THING EVERY YEAR, ESPECIALLY.

SO WITH THE GENERAL FUND, SINCE THE REVENUE SOURCES ARE SERVER RESTRICTED, THAT ANY, ANY NEW FTES THAT ARE ADDED AS A BASE COST DRIVER.

SO WHEN I'M, YOU KNOW, SHOWED IN THE PRESENTATION EARLIER, LIKE A BASE COST DRIVER WOULD BE LIKE A COUNCIL, UH, SORT OF A COUNCIL INITIATIVE THAT'S APPROVED AND THAT THEY APPROVED A BUDGET FOR FUNDING FOR PREVIOUSLY CONTRACTUAL INCREASE.

IF THERE'S AN FTE TIED TO THAT, THAT'S USUALLY VERY RARE.

OR IF THERE'S A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT THAT'S COMING ONLINE AND THERE'S A FACILITY, A POSITION COULD BE ADDED THAT WAY.

SO I, FOR EXAMPLE, PARKS AND RECREATION, THERE'S A, WHATEVER THEY SUBMIT THEIR FORECAST.

THEY GENERALLY THEY'LL SUBMIT.

AND YOU KNOW, WHO KNOWS, BUT LET'S JUST SAY, EXAMPLE, THEY'LL SUBMIT 10 FTS AND, BUT THEY HAVE TO PROVIDE A LOT OF BACKUP.

AND SO THE PARKS AND RECREATION BUDGET ANALYSTS, THEY WORK WITH THEM TO SORT OF SCRUB THAT NUMBER.

AND IT USUALLY GETS, YOU KNOW, SCRUBBED DOWN, BUT THAT'S WHEN YOU GET POSITIONS BECAUSE THEY HAVE FACILITIES OR PARKS THAT ARE COMING ONLINE THAT HAVE TYPE OPERATIONS MAINTENANCE.

SO THOSE THEY'RE VERY LIKE RESTRICTIVE WAYS THAT POSITIONS GET ADDED THAT WAY.

AND SO UNFORTUNATELY WITH ANIMAL SERVICES, YOU KNOW, THERE IS, YOU KNOW, WITH ANIMAL SERVICES, I THINK PROBABLY THE LAST TIME THAT, UH, PHYSICIANS WERE ADDED WITH THE CAPITAL BUDGET WOULD EITHER BE WHEN THE ANIMAL CENTER WAS OPENED IN 2011, OR THERE MIGHT'VE BEEN SOME THAT WERE ADDED FOR THE KENNEL EXPANSIONS, BUT SINCE ANIMAL SERVICES DOESN'T HAVE LIKE, HAVE LIKE, YOU KNOW, A VERY ROBUST CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, THEY'RE USUALLY OUR POSITIONS OUT OF THAT WAY.

AND SO THAT, THAT KIND OF MAKES IT HARDER TO ADD THOSE POSITIONS.

SO THEN WHEN YOU GET INTO ANYTHING BEYOND A BASE COST, YEAH.

CITY COUNCIL OR CITY MANAGEMENT HAS TO MAKE THE DESIGNATION TO ADD FTES.

AND THERE WAS ACTUALLY A REALLY HARD LINE THIS YEAR ON ALL THE FTES.

THERE WERE FTS ADDED FOR SOME DEPARTMENTS, UH, LIKE MUNICIPAL COURT HAD SOME ADDED FOR THE MARSHALL PROGRAM.

I DON'T HAVE