Pitt Co. municipalities consulted prior to any action in Animal Services proposals

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Pitt County could soon improve animal services, including building a new facility. On Monday, commissioners heard proposals during their Capital Budget Planning Meeting. They’re currently considering two options, as it stands, for the Animal Services Department.

“One would be to continue to serve all the areas of Pitt County, all the municipalities, all the citizens, unincorporated or incorporated,” explained Pitt County Shelter Manager Michele Whaley. “That would still require the building of additional building and renovations.”

The department would also like to operate in one facility, rather than various locations like they are currently.

“The other option presented would be to just serve the unincorporated areas and those towns that sign MOUs to provide services to their cities,” said Whaley.

Those areas include Bethel, Simpson and Grimesland. But all towns and cities in the county will be consulted. Commissioners are working to figure out what people want before moving forward with any decisions.

“As the county grows, obviously there’s going to be a need for expansion when we’re talking about the animal shelter or really any of our services,” said Pitt County Commissioner Glen Webb. “What we’re trying to do is prevent double taxation of our citizens that live in municipalities and try to get everything under one umbrella so that we can make it a more efficient service for everyone.”

Pitt County Manager Scott Elliot says the process is still in the beginning stages. So much so, there are no projections of costs for the project or potential tax increase projections yet. Whaley says Pitt County is not alone.

“We’re struggling with the same issues that most other counties are seeing,” she said.

Whaley, along with county officials, met with Pitt County leaders Wednesday afternoon to discuss options.

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