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March 7, 2013

Animal shelter deal gets official OK

Invoice expected to be sent to Clark County Commissioners

JEFFERSONVILLE — An agreement reached between the Clark County Commissioners and the city of Jeffersonville Friday was officially OK’d by the city Wednesday morning.

Jeffersonville’s Board of Public Works unanimously approved an agreement that would allow Jeffersonville to collect $150,000 in payments to the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter covering payments owed by the county from 2010 through 2013. Also, the city will not owe for lease of 3,000 square feet of space in the Clark County Government Building from 2010 through 2014.

The city and the county had disagreed over payments that have not been made to the animal shelter operated by Jeffersonville. While the shelter is operated by the city, it collects animals throughout the county and in return, other Clark County municipalities and the county make payments to the shelter based on population. 

The last formal agreement between all parties was signed in 1991, with extensions that carried the agreement through 1999, but since that time the animal shelter has been operating without an agreement. 

From 2010-12, Clark County failed to pay its bill to the animal shelter and argued that the interlocal agreement that did exist should be renegotiated in light of the annexation that absorbed county residents into the city of Jeffersonville. During the same time period, Jeffersonville failed to pay for space its police department had leased for storage in the basement of the Clark County Government Building.

The fight to collect the annual payment of $66,500 from the county and the more than $11,000 per year owed by the city came down to a March 4 deadline that was imposed to reach an agreement, at which point the city said it would stop accepting animals brought from unincorporated areas of the county. A settlement was reached Friday, March 1.

With the agreement in place, negotiations on a new interlocal deal involving all of the area municipalities and the county are planned.

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