The state of Illinois requires pet owners to pay a $10 fee to register their dogs and cats. In years past, those fees have been collected by Madison County and turned over to the state. That will be changing in the near future after the County Board voted to establish an animal population control fund earlier this week. The registration fees will now be collected and deposited into that fund before being distributed to local humane organizations to cover the cost of spay and neuter programs.

In other business, the County Board approved a resolution to provide $50,000 to the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois to help fund the restoration and formation of a new task force at Scott Air Force Base. Board members also voted in favor of an extension with Emergency Communications Network for the continued use of the Code Red weather warning system.

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