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Centralia City Manager Recommends County to Pay “Fair Share” on City Animal Shelter

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

Centralia City Manager Dan Ramey addressed the Centralia City Council Monday night regarding the work being done at the Centralia Animal Control Shelter.  He says he has been in meetings with the new Marion County Board regarding costs for the shelter.

Ramey says out of the $78,000 budgeted for the shelter, their operating budget is about $59,730 after deducting other costs.  He says out of the 616 dogs at the pound, the county rescued and brought in about 409 dogs, and says the costs distributed are not matching up.  He's requesting the county to pair their fair share of the costs.

"There's no question besides us owning the facility that the county should be paying about 65-percent of that cost, which that cost would be about $39,000 a year based on last year's numbers for their share.  Last year they paid $3,200.  So they should have been paying 65-percent and they paid five-percent of the cost bringing in 65-percent of the dogs.  The City of Centralia brought in 27-percent of the dogs and we paid 94-percent of the dogs.  They're needs to be a fair agreement between everybody", said Ramey.

Ramey says he plans to meet with the new county board on Tuesday to provide them the new numbers and to see if any fair agreement can be reached.  He states if not, then the county can find their own facility to use.  Marion County does not have a countywide animal shelter.  

Ramey says last year 22 dogs passing away, 73 dogs euthanized and 110 dogs picked up by their owners.  He notes the numbers are lower than in recent years.  

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