Franklin Co. Gets Extension from NE Ga. Animal Shelter

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Franklin County and the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter board have reached an agreement to extend animal intake services through the end of this month.

The shelter board had originally set December 8th as the cut off date for animal intake services to Franklin County because of a shortfall in the agreed-upon funding.

At its regular meeting last week, the commission heard from Franklin County Manager Billy Morse regarding an email sent by shelter board member Dr. Pam Stone offering the extension.

In the email sent to Morse by Dr. Stone, Stone said that it is evident that the Franklin County Board of Commissioners has had a proactive hand in the negotiations and that she feels that the Franklin County Board of Commission members do want to do the best they can for the citizens.

For this fiscal year, the shelter board says Franklin County should have paid $68,000 for animal intake services based on a 2010 funding agreement.

However, the Franklin County Commission only allocated $30,000 in its Fiscal Year 2013 budget. Over the summer, after touring the shelter and going over the books, Franklin County Commissioners realized the shelter could not continue to operate unless they were fully funded as agreed.

The commission then voted to kick in another $13,000 by transferring monies from the Election fund to help support the shelter operations.

Last week, Franklin County Commissioner Jeff Jacques thanked the shelter board for the extension, promising more discussion on future funding at an upcoming work session.

The Franklin County Commission will meet December 27 for a day long work and planning session at the Royston Public Library.