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Published January 20, 2010, 12:11 AM

Council looks at outside agency spending

Animal groups seek funding
A discussion about how much money the city of Moorhead should give to organizations involved in animal control sparked questions Tuesday night about how much the city should be giving to outside agencies in general.

By: Dave Olson, INFORUM

A discussion about how much money the city of Moorhead should give to organizations involved in animal control sparked questions Tuesday night about how much the city should be giving to outside agencies in general.

It began several weeks ago, when Moorhead City Council member Greg Lemke asked that a budget item for 2010 be pulled for deeper discussion.

The item involved a proposed appropriation of $2,450 for the Fargo-Moorhead Humane Society, an organization the city has supported for many years.

Lemke said during Tuesday’s City Council meeting that he wants to find a way to provide money to both the Humane Society and a group called Minn-Kota PAAWS.

Minn-Kota PAAWS describes itself as a spay/neuter clinic and no-kill shelter, with a primary mission of reducing the number of unwanted animals in the community.

Representatives from both groups spoke to the council.

Nukhet Hendricks, Humane Society executive director, said she wants the Humane Society and PAAWS to receive funding.

“If these animals are not rescued by both organizations, they have no place to go,” Hendricks said.

Carol Sawicki, clinic manager for PAAWS, said the group would appreciate the city’s aid in helping it with its mission.

The council may decide Monday whether one or both of the groups will be funded.

But in discussions, questions were raised about other outside agencies that receive funding from the city.

The city supports organizations ranging from art museums to water rescue teams.

Some of the spending involves contractual arrangements, and some of it is purely discretionary.

The question was asked whether the city can withdraw support for an agency once it has been put in the budget.

City Attorney Brian Neugebauer said until money has actually been paid out, the council has the authority to pull funding.

But, he added, “I’m not sure it’s a wise policy.”

If the council wants to change its mind about funding an agency, Neugebauer suggested one way to do it would be to wait until the next budget cycle.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

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