The Gordon County Commissioners wish to express their gratitude to our animal rescues, friends, family and neighbors that came out to help during the fire that destroyed the animal shelter last week. We also want to thank Mayor Palmer and the Calhoun Animal Control Staff for providing space until a temporary location can be set up. We are thankful for our firefighters, Animal Control department, and Sheriff’s Office for responding quickly and assisting with animal care and security.

The county intends to set up a temporary location next week in the old EMA Building, located at 4543 Fairmount Hwy. S. E Calhoun, Ga. 30701 until a replacement shelter can be constructed. Portable kennels and facilities will be used to allow the county to continue Animal Control services. A claim has been made with the county’s insurance carrier to assist with many of the unfunded requirements.

In 2011, county voters approved a $1.5M Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to replace the aging shelter. Based on recent sales tax revenue, we expect approximately $1.3M to be available after the collections are complete in April 2018. The county will be able to use non-SPLOST funds to get the work underway.

The SPLOST budget of 1.3 million dollars that has been set by the voting public will include the design, construction, furniture, fixtures, equipment and construction administration.