Town­ship board re­jects An­i­mal Res­cue League agree­ment

The Southern Berks News - - FRONT PAGE - By Denise Larive

UNION >> Faced with a min­i­mum $10,000 an­nual bill in 2019, the Union Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors voted 2-0 on Oct. 15 to not sign a new fee agree­ment from the An­i­mal Res­cue League of Berks County, Cumru Town­ship.

The league’s fee agree­ment re­quest to all Berks County mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in­di­cates that it is los­ing $1.1 mil­lion a year in pro­vid­ing an­i­mal pick-ups and shel­ter ser­vices through­out the county.

Board Vice-Chair­man Terry Kennedy and Su­per­vi­sors Nel­son L. Ott, Jr., said the league’s new fee struc­ture be­gins with a $1,500 base­line fee that would be charged to each mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Board Chair­man Don­ald Basile was ab­sent from the meet­ing.

Each mu­nic­i­pal­ity would also be re­spon­si­ble for ser­vices ren­dered to their res­i­dents.

“If you take an an­i­mal found in Birds­boro to the league, Union Town­ship is charged,” said Ott. The league’s es­ti­mate for Union Town­ship, based upon the calls it re­ceived for ser­vices in 2016-17, is al­most $10,000. “If the board chooses not to sign, the league won’t pro­vide ser­vices,” said Ott.

Union Town­ship has pre­vi­ously do­nated $1,300 an­nu­ally to the An­i­mal Res­cue League.

The board’s vote on Oct. 15 to re­turn the agree­ment un­signed in­cluded to not do­nate any money to the league in 2019.

“The league is re­ceiv­ing county tax money. They’re not giv­ing us all the facts. They never came to a meet­ing to dis­cuss with us, and they have the au­dac­ity to in­crease our fees by 700 per­cent,” said Ott,

Kennedy and Ott’s vote to re­turn the agree­ment un­signed in­cluded that the town­ship will not do­nate any money in 2019 to the league.

The town­ship web­site will be up­dated with an ex­pla­na­tion of the board’s vote and its po­si­tion re­gard­ing the league’s fee re­quest.

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