Well, it’s that time of year again, tax time.
Everyone has the obligation and responsibility of paying their property taxes on or brfore Oct. 15 this year. We also have the option of paying a little extra for categories that are of special importance to us as individuals.
One of those options is Animal Welfare. Several years ago, this category was added to the list of options taxpayers to consider. The account has now grown to about $750,000.
I know that many are asking why we are not spending these funds. I hope that the following report prepared for the quorum court by the courts and public safety committee headed by Justice of the Peace Randy Higgins will clear the air.
I also hope that the report being sent to the quorum court by Mr. Higgins, County Judge Allen Dodson and their committee will point out the obstacle ahead of us concerning animal welfare, which is a very serious problem in all of Faulkner County.
The voluntary contributions to this account are never going to cover the costs of this program, and maybe it’s time for the quorum court and the community to get together and look at some other possible options.
The idea of the committee for the county and city to go together for the common good of all concerned seems to me to be the most fiscal, responsible way to handle this ever growing problem in our county.
It could be one new shelter for both city and county or it could be enlarging the present city shelter to accomodate the needs of both.
I hope taxpayers will read and study the report prepared by Mr. Higgins and his committee and then contact your court representative or attend some of the meetings to discuss this problem as well as the need for a strong spay and neuter program, which in my opinion, would eliminate a major portion of our problems to begin with.
If you’re interested in reading this report, please contact a member of the quorum court.
— Kay Andrew