Lincoln County Commissioners set November 2012 election for new Animal Protection and Shelter District
After many meetings of frequently heated debate over who or what agency should run the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, the county commissioners Wednesday decided to let the voters weigh in. The commissioners set the issue for the November 2012 ballot which will ask whether the animal protection and shelter program should be run by a county-wide district with the county commissioners as directors and, secondly, to approve a property tax increase to run it. Initially it was estimated that the tax override may be as much as 11-cents per thousand of assessed valuation. However, County Commissioner Don Lindly predicted it will be less than that if everyone’s commitment of more volunteers to help run the shelter actually produce the number of volunteers pledged.
The tax override would also cover the funding for the Sheriff’s animal control officers.
Friends of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter endorsed the move, and Lindly reported that the local humane society supports it as well. Sheriff Dennis Dotson indicated support after the commissioners changed a provision in regards to membership of an animal protection and shelter committee that will be advisory to the commission on how the shelter should run, and is running. Sheriff Dotson will pick his representative on the committee, not the commissioners. Commissioners went along with that. Otherwise, Folcas will have a member, the human society will have a member and the commissioners will pick two members at large.
If the double measure passes next November, the current special five year levy to support the shelter will be cancelled and the new funding stream installed.