HAMILTON, OHIO – Since taking office in 2008, Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds has championed the need to share resources and work collaboratively with other government entities. He followed up on his pledge by donating a surplus vehicle to the Animal Shelter.Above, Butler County Deputy Dog Warden Kurt Merbs (left) receives the keys to a 1999 Dodge Caravan from Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds on Thursday, Oct. 22. The Auditor's Office donated the van to Animal Control. "This van was purchased with taxpayer money and the taxpayers will benefit by its continued use in Butler County with Animal Control," Reynolds said.
With two high-mileage vehicles in need of expensive repairs, Dog Warden Julie Holmes said Animal Control was hoping to receive a grant to replace them with a new vehicle. The grant wasn’t granted. Her wish was, however.
“We can’t thank Roger Reynolds enough for this generous gift,” Holmes said of the 1999 Dodge Caravan that was given to Animal Control. “We’re trying to be very frugal. This will allow us to auction off our other two vehicles and replace them with the auditor’s van which has lower miles.”
Reynolds said the van was available because it is no longer needed to support a field office.
“Improved efficiencies and streamlining the Auditor’s office prompted the closing of our field office in March,” said Reynolds. “Since then we’ve had an extra van. When we heard about the dog warden’s situation we were eager to help.”
Holmes said the van will be used for a variety of tasks including animal rescues, picking up strays, transporting animal control officers, transporting injured or sick animals to the veterinarian’s office and delivering dog licenses for sale to those who can’t get to the Auditor’s office or one of their agents.
“This van was purchased with taxpayer money and the taxpayers will benefit by its continued use in Butler County with Animal Control,” Reynolds said. “This is an example of agencies working together whereby we share resources which effectively reduces the citizens’ tax burden.”
Thursday, October 22, 2009