But the costs based on population may have caused some confusion.
Councilman Dennis Julius referenced a spreadsheet that outlined the county’s costs for the animal shelter that would total more than $115,000. But that figure was never meant to be a future bill to the county.
“That was a starting point to a discussion,” Lowe said. “We never asked the county for that much money.”
He explained that the rate given was based of off 2010 census figures, was shared with former County Attorney Greg Fifer and was designed to be a starting point to a negotiation. The figure, based on the population figures, was also designed to show the county the deal they were getting on payments to the animal shelter, Lowe said.
“It was directed to the new county attorney that was never a proposal,” he added.
Discussion went back and forth between the council memebers on what amount the city was willing to accept from the county. Clark County Commissioner Rick Stephenson said in a previous report the county could not afford the overdue payment.
“I understand the county is in financial dire straights, but it doesn’t do away with the fact that we provided a service that they need to pay for,” said City Councilman Brian Glover.
He also agreed that the city needs to pay its debt to the county.
“Lets pay them what we owe them; they pay us what they owe us,” he said.
Julius offered that the county pay the total due, including 2013’s payment at $66,150 per year. The city would determine the actual amount owed for leasing storage space in the county building and pay the full amount. Throughout the remainder of the year the entities would negotiate a new interlocal agreement that would replace the contract originally signed in 1991. The new interlocal deal would also include the other area municipalities.