He says that big jump in price raised some eyebrows when it was discussed in city council.
"In the process of that debate some things came to light with regards to the type of service provided by animal control. There had been some citizen complaints to aldermen about animal control services," McCarty said.
So his office developed a program to survey community members who have been involved in an animal control case.
"We want to make sure, if we're paying $225,000 for services from the county, that the services we're getting are what the citizens of Springfield expect," said McCarty.
Sangamon County Public Health Director Jim Stone says the county is on board.
"That's part of the animal control mission, and we take it very seriously. We want to provide a good product to the community and this is an opportunity for them to have some input," said Stone.
The first round of those surveys went out late last week, but the city says it welcomes everyone's input.