Kingman Resident Joyce Stutzman (top center) holds three of her rescued animals.

Local Animal Enthusiast Reaches out to Kingman Mayor, Gets Response

Kingman Resident Joyce Stutzman (top center) holds three of her rescued animals. From left, Yoda, GiGi and Poo-Chi, three of Stutzman’s rescued animals. (Photo: Joyce Stutzman)

KINGMAN — Mayor Jen Miles plans to be at the next Mohave County Board of Supervisors meeting to discuss the City of Kingman’s role in helping with the possibility of a new animal shelter.

Miles said she supports Supervisor Jean Bishop’s request for a new shelter, and she’s going to let everyone at the meeting know that. She will also touch on a few historical points about animal welfare and convey the City of Kingman’s fiscal position.

“I think we can get a good shelter for 3 million,” said Miles. “I would love for the city to step up and help with this shelter, but we are having to look for ways to raise revenue ourselves.  We have no surplus. If it was my vote only, of course, my passion is to do whatever we can do for the animals. But because I understand the budget and needs of the city, we are investing in the necessities for infrastructure, water, sanitation and all of the other services the city provides.”

Joyce Stutzman, a Kingman resident, helps reunite wayward dogs with their owners. She’s been actively involved with rehoming and reuniting lost pets for about eight years now.  Stutzman is mobility disabled and does her best to help through online channels. She is the moderator/administrator on a couple local neighborhood pet groups.

Stutzman reached out to the mayor about rallying funds from the City of Kingman to help build a new animal shelter. The mayor promptly wrote back and explained her plan to attend the Board of Supervisors meeting at 9:30 a.m. June 17.

“I have spoken with Supervisor Bishop about the shelter and plan to address the BOS at their next meeting,” said Miles in her email to Stutzman.

“As you may know, the citizens of Kingman repealed the one percent sales tax increase as part of Proposition 413 and that included a .5 percent TPT portion allocated for capital projects. As a result, the city has little funding to aid the county on this project. The county, on the other hand, which has sales and property tax as well as new valuations for personal property coming in from the $3 billion Pegasus Project just announced, has stated they have surplus funding of $5 million. Supervisor Bishop is asking the county to fund the shelter with a cap of no more than $3 million. I will be supporting that request to the Board of Supervisors.”

Stutzman is lobbying for the public’s attendance at the June 17 Board of Supervisors Meeting.

“We need all available residents to attend the next BOS meeting,” said Stuzman in a Facebook post.

“All Mohave County residents are invited to attend and support the item for a new shelter. There are so many with a love for animals, and I just want them to take a second and think about what would happen if it was their beloved furbaby. We need this new shelter.”