County officials are committing $10 million toward a new shelter for the Humane Education Society (HES).
Only Commissioner Tim Boyd spoke against the allocation at a commission meeting on Wednesday. He said a more urgent need was a $5 million training center for police, fire and emergency workers.
County Finance Director Albert Kiser said the county came up with a total $14 million in available capital funds after approving a property tax increase and not issuing a major bond issue until the following year.
The projected cost of the new facility is $13 million with the HES committed to raising $3 million. County Mayor Jim Coppinger said he was advised that HES thus far has come up with $1.7 million-$1.8 million.
HES several years ago acquired land off South Access Road.
It has long occupied a century-old building on N. Highland Park Avenue. Mr. Citrullo said employees carry umbrellas when it rains.
The commission is set to vote on the appropriation next Wednesday.
Commissioner Randy Fairbanks said he toured the facility and found it "pitiful. It was heart-breaking."
Chairman Sabrena Smedley said all commissioners should make the tour prior to the vote.
Mr. Citrullo said HES has been steadily caring for more animals, while cutting the euthanasia rate. It ...