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October 29, 2012

Ogle shelter funding still unresolved

Jeffersonville awaits cash from county

JEFFERSONVILLE — Talks continue, but no deal has been reached between Clark County and the city of Jeffersonville to draft a new interlocal agreement for the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter.

Jeffersonville has been looking to recover the county’s annual expenses of $66,150 that have not been paid for the last three years. Corporation Attorney Tom Lowe said the previous interlocal agreement drafted in 1991 was set to last for three years. There were two extensions to the agreement, which kept it in place through 1999, the last time it was officially in place.

“The financial information in there is extremely outdated,” Lowe said when presenting to the Jeffersonville City Council earlier this year. “I think after looking at the financial information and the Census information most of [the municipalities] would be quite happy to continue paying nothing ... or continue to pay the ratios they were paying back in 1991.”

At the Clark County Commissioners meeting June 21, county executives told Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore they would pay the bill if the county council would appropriate the money. County Councilman Brian Lenfert said the funds were built into the commissioners budget to pay the costs due the animal shelter, but the commissioners responded that because their budget was cut by more than $1 million, other expenses took priority over the animal shelter fees.

Commissioners have repeatedly pointed to two factors that must be determined before they would enter into another interlocal agreement. One would be for the population percentages to be reflected in the payments due, related to Jeffersonville’s recent annexation, and an agreement be reached on space being leased by the city in the basement of the County Government Building.

CITY MONEY OWED

Jeffersonville began leasing space for its police department to use as an evidence room when the city moved from the then City-County Building into its new location in Quartermaster Court.

“The issue we have is the city owes some money for storage space in the county building,” said Jeffersonville City Councilman Mike Smith.

The commissioners have said the city never paid for the space it was renting.

According to a lease agreement drafted under Rob Waiz’s administration in 2006, when the city moved out of the building on Court Avenue, it was not to be charged a rental fee for the 2,923-square-foot space being used for three years of occupancy.

Beginning in 2010, the city would be charged $3.77 per square foot annually, and the rate would increase each year. In 2011, the rate would increase to $3.82 per square foot in 2011 and $3.87 per square foot in 2012. The totals for each year the city did not pay for the space equaled $11,008, $11,154 and $11,300, respectively.

However, the outstanding balance the county owed to the animal shelter for three years totaled $198,450, a difference of $168,988 that the county would still owe the city.

And when population figures are updated, the amount the county owes jumps even higher.

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