By The Bakersfield Californian
Kern County supervisors will spend the morning talking about their proposed low-cost spay-neuter program.
Animal Control Director Jen Woodard has a proposal to spend the $250,000 the board set aside to spend on the program this fiscal year.
That's the same amount of seed money that Jacksonville, Fla. used to launch its successful SpayJax program and a community animal effort that has -- over the past 10 years -- reduced that city's raw animal euthanization numbers by around 75 percent.
We've seen Woodard's written proposal. Today supervisors will hear her give the specifics.
Then, in the afternoon session, the board will take up the Zenith American contract, a controversial health insurance plan administrator that took over from Bakersfield-based MCS after the split board decided that the potential conflict-of-interests the local vendor faced made it the wrong choice for the county.
The three companies the county hired to replace MCS were supposed to cost the county less than the local.
According to reports from the Kern County Administrative Office, they still do -- by $1.7 million.
But the contract modification for Zenith up for consideration today would add $90,000 to the cost -- money for plan administrative costs the board was told they wouldn't have to spend.
Supervisors Mike Maggard and David Couch - who opposed the Zenith contract and supported MCS - aren't likely to be overly excited about that.
And -- since they just fired the CEO of Kern Medical Center yesterday -- everybody is likely to be on eggshells today.