Kenton County, cities forge animal control pact

INDEPENDENCE, Ky. (AP) - Public officials in Kenton County say
they're looking at containing the cost of animal control and also
improving services to residents with a new agreement.

A plan has been under discussion for months and officials hope
representatives of 18 cities sign onto it early next year.

Kenton County Administrator Joe Shriver told The Kentucky
Enquirer that county government bore all uncontained costs of
animal control for 8 years (http://bit.ly/rMwgfV ).

The new agreement would bring Covington into the cooperative
effort and add a fifth animal control officer.

Officials say pension costs have tripled, the cost of employee
insurance has risen and fuel costs have skyrocketed since the first
interlocal agreement was passed in 2003, making the Kenton Fiscal
Court responsible for animal control.


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