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September 12, 2008 

Tell Snohomish County Council to make animals a priority in 2009/10

Don't let Snohomish County animals fall victim to budget cuts

If you live or work in Snohomish County, councilmembers need to know that funding for animals is a priority to you.

Take action by sending an e-mail to Snohomish County Council today!

Snohomish County is currently undergoing its first 2009/10 biennium budget process. Because the budget will support funding for the next two years, it's imperative that you voice your priorities to Snohomish County leadership today. If you live or work in Snohomish County, councilmembers need to know that funding for animals is a priority to you in this rapidly growing county with an ever increasing need for animal sheltering and animal control services.

Contact Snohomish County Council today and let them know animals need to remain a priority in the 2009/10 budget.

Faced with declining revenues and competing demands, the county has announced they will need to make cutbacks in the next two years. The executive's office predicts a $9.3 million budget shortfall, hiring freezes, and a decrease in tax collections. It's therefore extremely important for you to voice your priorities, especially if you are a Snohomish County community member, before leadership begins the budget review process in November. Don't let animals fall victim to potential budget reductions in 2009/10.

You can also voice your priority for animals in person at the next community forum on Monday, September 15 located at:

Edmonds City Council Chamber
Public Safety Complex
250 5th Avenue North, Edmonds

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