Comprehensive Annual Financial Report The county received a “clean” audit opinion for Fiscal Year 2011-12, ending June 30, according to Paula Hodges, partner with Martin Starnes & Associates. Property tax revenues increased 1.26 percent as the county’s tax base experienced only limited growth in real and personal property.
County spending remained basically flat, though county departments collectively spent less than was budgeted for fiscal year 2011-12.
Postponed price increase: The Humane Society of Catawba County’s Foothills Spay/Neuter Clinic is postponing the 2013 price increases for spay and neuter surgeries until Feb. 1. Also, the Humane Society is now open longer hours. Operating hours are now 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
For details or to schedule an appointment, call 828-464-8878 during business hours. Closed: County offices will be close Jan. 21 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Pet adoption program: To promote the adoption of healthier animals and to help reduce unwanted litters, area veterinarians, the Gaston Humane Society and Animal Control have joined to support an adoption-medical contract. Select dogs and cats are available for an adoption fee of $90 for dogs and $75 for cats. Pets will receive health services, including spay or neutering. To view pets available, go to http://egov2.co.gaston.nc.us/AnimalWebPub/hknlinq.aspx?D.
Art program: Local folk artist Randall Jones will discuss Edvard Munch and his work, “Scream,” during a program Saturday at the Gaston County Museum.
Then he will guide kids while they create their own version of Munch’s work using crayon on cardboard. The first prize winner will receive $100 and the pieces will be displayed at the museum.
The free program, which begins at 10 a.m., is for children ages 8-10. Reservations are required by Wednesday. Contact Jeff Pruett at 704-922-7681 Ext. 101 or email@example.com.
The museum is at 131 W. Main St. in Dallas.