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City administrator: Animal Shelter is $47K overbudget

Published: 9:58 AM, 05/09/2013 Last updated: 9:58 AM, 05/09/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-The Animal Shelter is already over budget $47,000 and could face a deficit of about $83,000 before the fiscal year ends, Newport City Council members learned at their monthly workshop held Tuesday, May 7.

James Finchum, the newly hired interim city administrator, asked the aldermen for counsel on how to proceed after he found out Friday, May 3, that the Animal Shelter has 11 unallocated part-time positions that are contributing to monthly expenses of $18,000 a month.

Finchum said "not one cent" in the city's 2012-2013 budget, which was approved last year, and which covers a 12-month period ending June 30, 2013, was allocated for the part-time positions, which shelter director Brandy Hensley said she has tried to limit to no more than 29 hours a week per part-time employee.

"There's no money in (the city's) budget for (the) part-time positions" at the shelter, Finchum stated.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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