Johnson City Commissioner Clayton Stout last week recommended a fairly quick fix that would make Johnson City the major financial contributor to the new Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter.
While discussing the 2014 fiscal budget on Thursday, Stout realized the city was getting ready to reap a more than $680,000 debt service reduction that currently is planned to be folded back into the general fund.
“I thought we were talking a lot about our capital projects and I asked about the debt service reduction,” he said. “Let’s take $160,000 from that and put that down on a $2 million bond issued by the city to help get the project moving. That will help get them moved so development can take place at their current location.”
Commissioners Jeff Banyas and David Tomita were not in attendance Thursday, so Stout will wait for their return and bring the subject up again when commissioners hear a second reading of the 2014 budget June 14.
“I think this is the best plan we’ve had so far,” he said. “We could get this thing moving in five to six months. This is an action plan. Ralph (Mayor Ralph Van Brocklin) asked me to retract my motion so that everyone could be in attendance. I’ve even had people tell me they would get more involved because there is a plan -- P.L.A.N.”