The Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved raising rates charged to cities outside Riverside County that contract with the Department of Animal Services for animal control and pet impoundments.

Animal Services Director Julie Bank submitted a “full cost recovery” request to the board directly connected to sheltering and license processing fees in four municipalities — Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace and Rialto — all of which are in San Bernardino County.

Supervisors last week expressed concern when they learned that the Department of Animal Services was likely going to lose money in the current fiscal year because rates were insufficient.

Bank returned with the cost recovery proposal, under which the daily sheltering rate charged to the cities will go from $25.80 to $31.60, and the processing fee for licensing pets will go from $10.26 to $10.52.

The rate hikes do not impact the 13 municipalities within Riverside County that contract with the agency.

“The rates are necessary to keep up with ongoing operational costs associated with providing efficient services and essential programs to non-Riverside County residents and their animals,” according to documents posted to the board’s agenda. “Full cost recovery … (is) to ensure that the county is not subsidizing other public agencies to the detriment of the county’s own operations.”

The Department of Animal Services has run deficits for most of the last decade and competes with nonprofit private entities that also provide animal control and sheltering services, mostly in the southwest part of the county.

A proposal last year to put the agency in charge of animal control in the city of San Bernardino was rejected by the board because cost recovery was in doubt.

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