A kitten or a puppy is going to cost a little more in Jeffersonville soon.
A change in rates, and offering a tiered rate structure, is one of several changes J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter Director Charlie Heavrin has proposed.
“Some of the things I’m working on is to become more proactive,” he said. “I think the city and county have been so reactive that we’ve always been behind the eight ball at the shelter, that they’re always playing catch-up.”
But before the changes are implemented, Heavrin was at Jeffersonville’s City Council meeting Monday to ask for $71,850 to make it through the rest of this year.
Council President Connie Sellers referenced that one of the items the shelter had always been reactive to was its utility bills. She said under the previous controller the utility costs ran in the red and usually required a request from the former animal shelter director, Sarah Green, to get the money in order to pay the bills. Green resigned from the shelter in May. The line item for utility costs were also not included in the shelter’s annual budget.
“These were [costs] that weren’t even funded,” Sellers said.
The bulk of the $71,000 requested Monday was to pay for the utility bills and for the shelter’s payroll.
“When I came into the shelter in June, [more than] 60 percent of the budget was already gone,” Heavrin said. “I’ve done everything I can to cover as much as I can with the budget, but for the shelter to make it the rest of the year, I need about $71,000.”
Employee overtime and medication for the animals being purchased for preventative care were cited as the main reasons that 60 percent of the budget had already been spent. Heavrin added that the expenses for animal care alone had been about $40,000. In next year’s budget he has asked for more funding for employees and more funding for animal care.