19A-68. Distributions to counties and cities from Animal Shelter Support Fund.

(a) Reimbursable Costs. - Local governments eligible for distributions from the Animal Shelter Support Fund may receive reimbursement only for the direct operational costs of the animal shelter following an event described in G.S. 19A-67(b). For purposes of this subsection, direct operational costs shall include veterinary services, sanitation services and needs, animal sustenance and supplies, and temporary housing and sheltering. Counties and cities shall not be reimbursed for administrative costs or capital expenditures for facilities and equipment.

(b) Cost-Share. - A local government requesting distributions from the Animal Shelter Support Fund must provide a local match based on their most recent development tier designation as defined in G.S. 143B-437.08. Local governments located in development tier one counties must provide a match equivalent to one dollar ($1.00) for every three dollars ($3.00) distributed from the Fund. Local governments located in development tier two counties must provide a match equivalent to one dollar ($1.00) for every two dollars ($2.00) distributed from the Fund. Local governments located in development tier three counties must provide a match equivalent to one dollar ($1.00) for every one dollar ($1.00) distributed from the Fund.

(c) Application. - A county or city eligible for reimbursement from the Animal Shelter Support Fund shall apply to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services within 60 days of when the reimbursable cost has been incurred. The application shall be submitted in the form required by the Department and shall include an itemized listing of the costs for which reimbursement is sought.

(d) Distribution. - The Department shall make payments from the Animal Shelter Support Fund to eligible counties and cities that have made timely application for reimbursement within 30 days of receipt of requests. (2015-241, s. 13.7(b).)