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County must pay increased cost of shelter

November 14, 2000

County must pay increased cost of shelter



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


Due to contractual obligations, the county has to pay $450,000 more than previously estimated for the Humane Society of Washington County's new animal shelter, County Attorney Richard Douglas said.

The project estimate for the 14,000-square-foot building has increased from $1.3 million in June to nearly $2 million.

The new shelter is to be built next to the existing 4,000-square-foot facility on Maugansville Road.

As part of the county's multi-year animal control contract with the Humane Society of Washington County, the Washington County Commissioners agreed to fund 70 percent of the capital cost of a new shelter.

At the time that contract was approved that cost would have been $927,500. Under an increased estimate, the county's share would increase to about $1.4 million.

The commissioners approved the increased amount during Tuesday's meeting. The funding method, which could range from using cash reserves to paying the amount over at least a 10-year period, will be decided later, perhaps after the county has a better sense of next year's overall budget, County Administrator Rodney Shoop said.

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The nearly $2 million estimate could change, and the county's 70 percent share could be more or less than $1.4 million, depending on the amount of the final cost.

The increased costs are attributed to contractors charging more because they are busy and to changes from the original design. The estimates were not done by county staff.

Earlier estimates did not include furnishing and equipment costs.

The county would not be required to pay for upgrades.

The new building, which will be owned by the Humane Society, would enable the Humane Society to double or triple the number of dogs and cats it places with area families, officials have said. The organization, previously known as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, has been operating in Washington County since 1921.

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