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Salisbury City Council Plan Funding For Animal Health Building

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SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury City Council members are planning to possibly hold a special meeting this week, to discuss the costs of an animal health building. The meeting was originally set for Monday, but was canceled.

Bids for the animal health building, which would be part of the Salisbury Zoo, came in much higher than originally anticipated, so the council needs to come up with additional funding. The building is a requirement for the zoo in order for them to keep their Association of
Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Accreditation. The Salisbury Zoo is one of five totally accredited zoos in the country, and brings $17 million into the economy each year. Councilwoman Laura Mitchell says that the council is looking to offset the costs with bonds from previous projects that came in under budget, but there are many legal steps they have to go through in order to do this. Mitchell says she hopes to have a special meeting this week, so the ordinance can be passed at the next legislative meeting on July 22nd.

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