City of Nampa

Posted on: September 16, 2016

Nampa will conduct financial review of WVHS books

The city of Nampa will notify the West Valley Humane Society of its intent to review and/or conduct an audit of the financial records of the shelter, Nampa Bob Henry announced today. Additionally, Henry said, he plans to appoint one of the city’s animal control officers to the WVHS board of directors.

 

“We pulled the contract and reviewed it line by line today, and realized that we do have the right to review the financial records and/or seek an independent audit,” Henry said.

 

“Because the shelter is entrusted with the care of Nampa dogs and there are ongoing concerns with the operations at WVHS, I will also be appointing, as allowed by the contract, one of the city’s animal control officers to the board of directors,” Henry said.

 

Because an independent audit, which can cost several thousands of dollars, was not budgeted, Nampa’s finance team will try to coordinate with the Caldwell city finance staff to review the organization’s financials, Henry said.

 

“We plan to review the books because we have concerns about the private shelter’s financial state,” Henry said.

 

The shelter has not invoiced the city since February for the dogs delivered to the shelter from Nampa.  According to a new contract, negotiated by Nampa Police Chief Joe Huff in February, Nampa is charged $60 per dog, calculated on a $20 charge per dog for a total of three days. After that, the dogs are the shelter’s responsibility.

 

But Nampa has only received invoices for January and February, paying a total of $4,085 for 2016 services.

 

“I’m not sure how the shelter is covering its costs if it hasn’t collected fees from the city of Nampa for March through August,” Henry said.

 

Additionally, Nampa had not received licensing payment from the shelter for a four-month period until Thursday, Sept. 15. WVHS sent a $1,980 check for licensing fees, covering the past four months.  Those payments are required on a monthly basis.

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