Animal shelter goes to county for money |

Animal shelter goes to county for money

Aspen may have agreed to put $200,000 toward a budget shortfall for the Aspen-Pitkin County Animal Shelter, but Pitkin County commissioners aren’t certain they want to do the same.

The shelter’s board of directors know the project is $600,000 over budget, and it’s been proposed that the county and the private group raising funds for the shelter also each kick in a third of the unexpected extra cost.

Commissioners expressed disappointment Tuesday over the shortfall, which has been attributed to alterations to the project’s design and unforeseen expenses at the site.

The county will review how it might spend any possible surplus money from the 2004 budget this month ” in May commissioners will know exactly how much money they have and can discuss the project further.

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