The following Sevier County Committee meetings for July have been canceled: Water, Intergovernmental, Emergency Services & Transportation & BZA The Sevier County Commission, Planning and Steering Committee meetings for July have been canceled. The Sevier County Beer Board meeting for July has been canceled.
The Sevier County Budget Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 19 at 4 p.m. in courtroom 100e.
Joint Statement on the Humane Society funding issue
Sevier County Government, along with the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, released the following statement: Over the course of the last several months, Sevier County Government along with the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville have been working diligently to address the additional funding requests by the Sevier County Humane Society. The county and city governments operate budget-wise on a fiscal year basis beginning July 1 as opposed to the Humane Society which operates on a calendar year basis. For this current fiscal year 2015-2016, the total contributions for the operation of the shelter by all governments were $190,000. In addition, the county and each city have together committed to a five year plan to provide $750,000 in capital funds for a new shelter.
In addition to a request for an additional $45,000 to bridge an operating funding gap until July 1, 2016 when the new fiscal year begins for each government, the Sevier County Humane Society is requesting $391,000 in operating funds from the governments for fiscal year 2016-2017. This represents an increase of $201,000 or over double the current amount of operating funds. This request for a significant increase in funding comes as the animal shelter intake of animals has decreased from a high of 5,000 in 2009 to less than 3,000 in 2014. As would be the case with any department, office or organization requesting such a drastic increase, each government is committed to thoroughly reviewing the request to understand why such a large increase of funding is needed with total animal intake decreasing. This normally is a part of each government’s budget process which is currently in progress. Read Full Release >>