Animal shelter's costs jump
By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer
Before the groundbreaking ceremony for a new animal control shelter began Tuesday, The Washington County Commissioners got some bad news: The county may have to chip in about $400,000 more than they expected for the project.
Immediately before participating in the ceremony, the commissioners were told the project estimate for the 12,500-square-foot building has increased from $1.325 million in June to nearly $2 million.
The new shelter will be built next to the existing 4,000-square-foot facility on Maugansville Road, replacing that building.
As part of the county's 20-year animal control contract with the Humane Society of Washington County, the County Commissioners agreed to fund 70 percent of the capital costs of a new shelter.
When the contract was approved in June, the county's 70 percent share was estimated at $927,500. With the increased estimate, the county's 70 percent share reaches about $1.36 million.