HAGERSTOWN -- More than two months after Washington County's deadline for budget requests, the Humane Society of Washington County has not submitted a request, fueling the County Commissioners' mounting frustrations with the organization.
"The fact of the matter is, I've seen a total avoidance of not only the financial end of it, but also speaking with commissioners in general, at times," Commissioners President John F. Barr said.
Washington County's contract with the Humane Society for its animal control services obligates the county to pay a baseline sum each year, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said. If the organization's expenses go up, it can request as much as a 4 percent increase each year, Murray said.
The county's budget office contacted Humane Society officials to remind them of the Jan. 16 deadline for such requests.
"Their comment was their budget does not coincide with ours, and when they finished it they'd get it in," county Budget and Finance Director Debra S. Murray told the commissioners at a meeting in early March.