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Clark County Commissioners on deadline to pay money owed for animal shelter

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---A dispute between the Clark County Commissioners and the city of Jeffersonville regarding money for the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter may soon come to an end.  

For the last 3 years, the County hasn't paid the $66,000 owed to the city. This is for joint use and operation of the shelter.

The money helps fund the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter, and the Mayor has now issued a deadline.

"I don't know if we would call it a fight, but we may call it a disagreement. We want to resolve it," says Jack Coffman, President of the Clark County Commissioners.

In September of 2012, people protested outside the Clark County courthouse demanding the county pay up.

However, five months later, it's still an issue.

They have until March 4th to reach an agreement before services are cut off, and they have to find a new place for county animals to go.

"It's not fair to the residents of Jeffersonville to bear the burden of the cost of this animal shelter for the services provided to the county," says Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore.

Mayor Mike Moore says a letter was sent to the County Commissioners demanding the outstanding payments, totaling $198,450.

He says he and some of the commissioners even reached an agreement for less than that.

"We shook hands. They left. We actually even set up a photo-op and had a big check made out to the JB Ogle Shelter from the County Commissioners for $125,000, and they didn't show up," says Mayor Mike Moore.

But, Clark County Commissioner Jack Coffman says they can't afford that, and can only pay the $66,000 dollars appropriated in their budget.

"And we simply can't do that. If we could we would. We just can't. We can only pay the one year for 2013," says Jack Coffman.

The Clark County Commissioners say they are working on a short-term fix, just in case they don't reach an agreement. They say using a private kennel is a possibility, but they hope to resolve this issue.

They also want to some type of agreement on their long-expired contract and the amount they should be paying each year.

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