Jack Hummel came out wth this story first.
Animal lovers have been waiting for the second shoe to drop after it was announced the county library and the 4-H program could not longer be funded.
The county library announcement brought out such a torrent of complaints that Freeholder Lou Magazzu championed a plan to save it.
To a lesser extent, but especially among the children that benefit from it, the 4-H program also received cries of disbelief.
Cumberland County did not have to fund the new, state-of-the-art multi-million dollar shelter that stands on North Delsea Drive.
The SPCA, itself, did that by selling 33 acres of land it owned at Sherman Avenue and Orchard Road, the site of the old shelter.
Even at the rundown previous shelter, the county SPCA received high marks from the state for its role in preventing animal cruelty and adopting out stray cats and dogs.
The county has five libraries, and Lou Magazzu can still find reason to fight to keep the redundant county library open. But the county can’t help the SPCA towards filling 2.5% of its annual budget?
If Lou would voluntarily relinquish his taxpayer funded health benefits, most of that $25,000 would be covered.Five of our freeholders voluntarily have refused to take this very expensive perk.However, apparently Magazzu and Jannarone feel that there has to be a resolution passed before they can act like leaders and voluntarily forfeit their own taxpayer paid freebies.
The SPCA provides an important number of services, and is almost entirely self-sufficient, raising its own money. The animal abuse investigative services they provide are invaluable . The clinics and other services are offered affordably. It is a first class organization, with a solid reputation. If the Freeholders think Bev Greco is going to go down without a fight, they are sadly mistaken.