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February 20, 2013

New animal shelter deal offered by Jeffersonville council

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JEFFERSONVILLE — A new deal has been offered to Clark County to pay the money owed to the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter.

The Jeffersonville City Council agreed to present a recommendation to the Clark County Commissioners to have the county’s executives pay $66,150 per year toward the animal shelter. In return, the council offered to pay the full amount owed to the county for storage space leased in the basement of the Clark County Government Building.

From at least 2010-2012 the city owes the county more than $11,000 for the storage space in the county building. Corporation Attorney Tom Lowe said a few additional months were added to the agreement when the space was leased, which brought the total owed by Jeffersonville to about $45,000.

Clark County has also not paid its bill to the animal shelter from 2010-2012. 

Including this year’s payment the total would equal $264,600.

But a letter sent to the commissioners by Mayor Mike Moore and Lowe demanded the county pay the money owed to the shelter by March 4, or the shelter will no longer accept the county’s animals after a verbal agreement fell apart. The demand has now caused contention to exist between the city and the county.

The interlocal agreement that was in place between the county and the city was more than 20 years old. Sellerburg, Charlestown, Clarksville, Utica and Borden also pay annual fees to the shelter for taking in the animals. Even with several extensions to the deal, the language in the contract did not extend past 1999. 

Efforts to recover the payments owed were made by Moore last year, but a deal could not be reached. Then-Clark County Commissioner Ed Meyer said several issues needed to be resolved before the payments were made, among them was that the interlocal agreement needed to be revamped to correlate to changes in the county’s population following Jeffersonville annexations and for the city to pay the storage costs.

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