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Kane County Animal Control on track to clear debt

GENEVA – Kane County Animal Control – which only a few years ago missed a mortgage payment on its facility – is on track to eliminate its debt.

With about $153,000 going toward the agency’s debt service annually, Animal Control should pay off the balance on Nov. 30, 2017, Health Department Executive Director Barb Jeffers told a County Board committee Tuesday.

The health department oversees Animal Control.

As of July, year-to-date revenues for the agency totaled $602,991 – up from $506,389 in 2013 and $379,447 in 2012, Jeffers said. Meanwhile, she said, expenses for the same timeframe totaled $479,676 this year, compared to $503,607 in 2012 and $441,472 in 2013.

Animal Control’s proposed 2015 budget totals $898,011, down from $934,750 in 2014.

“As you see, we continue to sustain ourselves financially,” Jeffers said.

Animal Control’s money problems became a focus last year after steady decreases in collections led it to miss an annual $93,000 mortgage payment on the county’s animal control facility in 2012.

The facility, at 4060 Keslinger Road in Geneva, opened in 2007 at a cost of about $2.1 million.

It is too early to know how Animal Control will spend the funds budgeted for debt service once the loan is repaid, Jeffers said.

She expects an overall assessment will be conducted to evaluate Animal Control’s needs, she said, listing more wardens, outdoor kennels and better equipment as examples.

Jeffers said she is excited about Animal Control’s future, which includes Brett Youngsteadt taking over as administrator Sept. 2. The County Board unanimously approved his appointment last week.

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