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Larimer Humane Society asking for money for new animal shelter

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Larimer Humane Society has asked county commissioners to place an initiative on the November ballot for a sales tax to build a new animal shelter.

The money would come from a sales tax increase of .1 percent, said spokeswoman Stephanie Ashley.

The society had been gathering signatures for a petition to place the question on the November 2013 ballot, but fell short of the required 11,263 signatures, Ashley said.

“Society leadership asked county commissioners this morning to refer the issue to the ballot citing a counting error, rather than lack of support, for the shortfall in signatures,” Ashley said.

Executive Director Judy Calhoun appeared before the county commissioners Tuesday morning to ask for the ballot referral.

“Our citizens support this initiative,” said Calhoun. “Nearly every person who was asked signed our petition and wants a new animal shelter in Larimer County. We want to give them the opportunity to vote on it.”

The sales tax is expected to raise $13 million of the $16.5 million needed for the proposed new shelter on County Road 30.