Animal Shelter finances: So, what else is Jeff Gahan unwilling to tell us?


Last week, NAC mapped it.

Secrets that they keep: Team Gahan to be sued for non-transparency in county records request.

The county pays its share of animal shelter upkeep to the city, which deposits the money and pays the bills. But the agreement as written is vague as to percentages of the tithe versus actual expenses, and there isn’t a dedicated bank account. County money disappears into the city’s general fund.

All (Scott) Clark seems to be asking is to see the record of expenditures.

On the third floor, as ever, the wagons are circled. I was among those in favor of the parks department split, on the grounds of county non-support. However, doubts have long since crept into the narrative, and not only because of Team Gahan’s TIF-fueled parks spending spree (entirely unmentioned during the 2011 mayoral campaign).

The county has a convincing case in the animal shelter funding imbroglio — and Gahan’s refusal to release information merely enhances it.

Meanwhile, the newspaper’s reasoning is impeccable.

OUR OPINION: Turn over shelter finances (News and Tribune editorial)

… We’re not disputing that the controller’s office is a busy place. But “we’re busy” isn’t an acceptable response for delaying or denying a public records request as basic as this one.

We contend that without a clear financial picture of the NA-FC animal shelter, determining how it will be funded moving forward will remain cloudy.