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Council Votes Not to Subsidize Ellettsville Animal Control

Monroe County Council members voted not to subsidize animal control services in Ellettsville, but that doesn’t mean the town will go without assistance.

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Monroe County Council members voted Tuesday not to continue to subsidize Ellettsville's animal control services.

Monroe County Council members voted not to subsidize animal control services in the town of Ellettsville through an interlocal agreement this year, but that doesn’t mean the town will go without assistance. Council member Vic Kelson says the council voted no in an effort to send a message to Ellettsville that the town would eventually have to find a way to fund their public services themselves.

“Last year we subsidized the town of Ellettsville for animal control, we subsidized the town of Ellettsville for central dispatch, we subsidized the town of Ellettsville for the services of CATS in terms of covering their public meetings, and we don’t want to have to do that every year,” said Kelson.

The interlocal agreement, which has already been approved by the commissioners, will now go to the Attorney General’s office who will review the document based on its legal merits only. If he finds the agreement to be sound it will then be instated, but council members say they still may not appropriate anymore funds for the service than they already have.

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