Clinton County Humane Society Offers Numbers, Mayor Says They're Incomplete

Sep 24, 2018

Frankfort's city council members were given 2018 TNR data from Jan. 1 through July 31.
Credit Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Clinton County Humane Society board members submitted documentation Monday night to show just how they’ve spent City of Frankfort funds on a trap, neuter, release program.

Mayor Chris McBarnes says while he was happy a subdued city council meeting was “civil and well-run,” he believes gaps remain in the information provided.

“We’re going to go through this [documentation], but I see us sending a letter back saying ‘Thank you, but we still believe the costs are at this, unless you can provide further documentation backing these numbers up’, which at this point—if they haven’t done it at this point in time, I doubt it’s going to happen,” McBarnes says.

The data provided to the council breaks down the costs of the program into those for spaying and neutering, transportation and labor, as well as items such as food and supplies.

McBarnes says the packet of information is largely made up of copies of invoices for veterinary costs, but does not appear to specifically document expenditures like fuel for shelter vehicles or time cards showing employee time spent working for the TNR program.

Humane Society board member Ann Florence, who declined an interview with WBAA after the meeting, says the board is “absolutely” willing to return unused TNR funds for this year back to the city.

The data Florence presented at the meeting indicates a remaining balance of $2,745, but McBarnes says he received an alternate set of TNR numbers from a former Humane Society employee, and believes the amount due back to the city could be higher. He wants to compare the two versions before making a final decision.

“What I’ll tell you is the Board of Public Works and Safety and myself—we’re not going to approve this program going forward unless a lot of things change,” McBarnes says.