Future Facility For Stray Dogs Doesn't Get Funding In Benton County
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Funding for a new animal shelter in Benton County didn't make it into the budget.
Next year's budget of a little over $53 million was approved on Monday. Out of that commissioners had estimated about $125 dollars to go to a new facility to house stray dogs in the county.
Commissioner Bowman and Oliver, approved to go forward with a preliminary design contract of the facility. When voting on the budget, all three commissioners disagreed on whether to put the funding for the facility on the 2009 budget.
Commissioner Leo Bowman tells us he's disappointed the funding didn't go through, but says this isn't the end for the project.
"We can longer afford to kick the can, and not provide some type of an animal, abandoned animal service," said Leo Bowman, Benton County Commissioner.
Bowman says once Jim Beaver takes office in January, this issue will most likely be up for voting again.
In the meantime, Commissioners are still waiting to hear back about research regarding the actual operational cost of the facility.