Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Animal shelter, prison expansion top Washington County priority list

The long-awaited plan to build a prisoner-run animal shelter in Washington County received a potential boost on Tuesday after the three-member county commission voted unanimously to name the item as a “high priority” project for 2017 on its list of requests for funding through the Utah Community Impact Fund.

The animal shelter and a separate prison expansion project, both of which would add to the Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane, were the only two capital projects termed as “high priority” items for the 2017 list, which is used to help state officials decide where to spend money that comes in from mineral leases on public lands.

While the impact fund can sometimes be used to distribute grants, either of Washington County’s projects would more likely qualify for low-interest loans. The Spectrum