Remember, Jone is not just getting a $320,000 a year contract amount, he is also getting fees from the City for spay/neuters performed for LAAS, which might be another $350,000 plus any services performed for the clinic as a private practice. We may be talking about $800-900,000 a year. AND, he does not have the usual expenses EVERY OTHER VET CLINIC FACES: facility rent, utilities and outlay of a lot of money for "major equipment."
What will Jones give the City in return?
He gives a 7% discount on LAAS requested spay/neuters. That's it basically.
Let us say he provides 2,500 cat spay/neuters and 2,500 dogs.
Let us say his fee is $60 (average for spay or neuter) for a cat and $90 average for dogs (spay/neuter from 8 lb males to 90 lb females). For all I know he is charging double this. Some one call his clinic to find out how much he charges the general public and let me know. I don't know how he is listed.
He gets approximately $150,000 for the LAAS cats he treats and $225,000 for dogs. He gives $25,000 back to the city.
The City is paying him $320,000 per year on contract, and he gets another $350,000 a year from the spay/neuters he does for the city. Therefore, he is getting $670,000 a year from LAAS and the City for 5,000 spay/neuters. If the city were to pay private vets $100 for each spay neuter instead of $30 or $60, the 5,000 operations would cost the City $500,000. BUT, Jones gets free rent, free utilities and free major equipment. He moves into a free, fully equipped clinic and is guaranteed at least $670,000 a year just from the City and who knows what other from a general practice with the public.
However, there is nothing in the contract that says how many spay/neueters Jone is to provide for LAAS. It must be mutually agreed upon. Ditto other services for LAAS and the public.
This is a deal like no other.
But, it allows Boks to say he opened a spay neuter clinic in a shelter, even if it provided no value to anyone except Jones and Boks.
Details of the contract from January Commission Minutes: