Budget cuts could lead to increase in stray cats on streets

Cutting stray cat program would save about $70K
Budget cuts could lead to increase in stray cats on streets

There may be a lot more stray cats out on the streets of Janesville if the police department’s proposal is approved.

In an attempt to cut costs of the city’s general fund balance, city officials asked all departments to cut 10 percent of their overall budget costs.

The cuts came down to either decreasing the city’s firefighting staff or cutting the police department’s stray cat program.

“When I had to weigh that decision of if we are going to continue to police cats or if we are going to reduce firefighters in the city, frankly that is a no-brainer to me,” Janesville City Manager Mark Freitag said.

The humane society shelters more than 600 stray cats, but cutting the program would save about $70,000. The city council will meet on Oct. 27 to talk about the budget.