Ask 17 News: Who is paying to renovate city animal shelter?

Ask 17 News: Who is paying to renovate city animal shelter?

Several viewers want to know where the money is coming from to renovate the new city animal shelter in Bakersfield.
BAKERSFIELD - Several people have called the 17 newsroom asking where the $500,000 came from to renovate the city's animal shelter on Mount Vernon Avenue.
 
Steven Teglia, Assistant to the Bakersfield City Manager, tells us the city has been planning improvements to the Mount Vernon facility over the past several years.

The money being used for the current upgrade at the animal care center was already budgeted. Specifically, it comes from the capital improvement program fund.

Teglia says it would have been used for those purposes regardless of the separation of the city and county animal care services.
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