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How much of the Elmbrook Humane Society's budget is contributed by local governments (And therefore taxpayers)?

Answer:  Not as much as you’d think.

Er, I guess that’s presumptuous.

Not as much as I would have thought.

According to Elmbrook Humane Society executive director Heather Gehrke, communities served by the shelter contribute only about 7 percent of the organization’s annual budget.

EBHS has service contracts with a half dozen communities with its namesakes of the city of Brookfield, town of Brookfield and village of Elm Grove making up the vast majority of its work while also serving the villages of Chenequa, Nashotah and Lannon.

The funds provided by each municipality are as follows:

City of Brookfield: $70,200

Village of Elm Grove: $8,925

Town of Brookfield: $2,500

Village of Chenequa: $500

Village of Nashotah: $500

Village of Lannon: $500

The funds provided by each community are relative to the amount of service that EBHS finds itself providing to those communities.

“It is based on how much they need from us. Because some municipalities might only have two or three phone calls a year where they require us to come out whereas, for example, the city of Brookfield is a much higher-traffic area,” Gehrke said.

Services that EBHS provides to the communities through its contracts include taking in unwanted pets and strays and rescuing injured domestic animals as well as wildlife. The shelter also supports the communities by requiring proof of licensing when people claim stray pets.

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