On November 26, 2020, Big Lakes County Council passed the 2021 Interim Budget. Due to constraints on municipal revenues through unpaid property taxes and the lowering of assessment value, Council faced many challenging decisions. One of the difficult choices Council made was not to renew the 2021 Veterinary Service Incorporated (VSI) Contract.
VSI has been a program offered by the County for many years. This program intends to ensure residents of Big Lakes County have access to veterinary services. Over the past few years, the chief complaint heard by the Agricultural Advisory Committee was that there is limited access to timely veterinary services and the difficulty in retaining local veterinarians.