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Floyd County Council considers options to fund animal shelter

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Tuesday's Council meeting was standing-room only as many people come in support of funding the animal shelter its full allotted budget. Tuesday's Council meeting was standing-room only as many people come in support of funding the animal shelter its full allotted budget.

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) – Floyd County Council will try to meet with the Floyd County Commission to discuss how the Council might solve its recent budget woes.

Since 1999, the City of New Albany and Floyd County have had an agreement to co-fund the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter and its services. During a recent county council meeting, council members voted 5-2 to cut funding by $150,000 for this year's Animal Services budget. But some will say that this is not the first time Floyd County Council has violated a previous agreement between the two government agencies.

“It happened first with parks and now it's happening with animal services,” said New Albany City Councilman Greg Phipps, “I'm beginning to see a pattern here so for once, do the right thing, fund the animal shelter.”

Due to a budget shortfall of $1.2 million in this year, Floyd County Council is asking all departments to make significant cuts. So far, the cuts that council has requested will make up for $1.1 million of that shortfall. But the greatest cuts are coming from Animal Services which accounts for around $500,000 of the yearly budget.

“I wish that we could finally move forward and show that the county can sit up to the table and live up to their obligation,” said Animal Services director David Hall.

Tuesday's Council meeting was standing-room only as many people come in support of funding the animal shelter its full allotted budget.

District 4 County Councilman John Schellenberger stood staunchly with his previous position that County Council should not have cut funding of animal services in the first place. He brought up the possibility of asking the Floyd County Commission for help funding animal services; specifically, transferring surplus funds from the E-911 center's budget over to Council's control. 

After much discussion Schellenberger settled on a resolution directing council to use any money received from County Commission on re-appropriating the $150,000 to Animal Services. That resolution failed in 4-3 vote.

After further discussion, a motion was considered and passed that will simply request a meeting with County Commission discussing how it might be able to help with Council's budget concerns. However, the motion is to request the meeting. It does not guarantee the meeting, nor does it ensure that funds will be made available to Animal Services.

“If you're suggesting that we ask commission for $150,000 to fund the animal shelter while all these other departments are having to make payroll cuts,” county council President Matt Oakley, “ I'm not in favor of that.”

Floyd county Council will meet again on June 9 to further discuss the budget. No word on when or if that meeting with Floyd County Commission will take place.

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