The Faulkner County Quorum Court will vote on an ordinance to authorize up to $30,000 to study the feasibility of and determine the best location for an animal shelter during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Courtroom A of the county courthouse.

The meeting is open to the public.

In 2005, the county passed an ordinance establishing a 1.5-mill voluntary tax "for the support and operation of programs sponsored by Faulkner County concerning animal welfare and control." Earlier this year, the balance from the voluntary tax surpassed $1 million.

In the proposed ordinance, the quorum court "acknowledges that work on the animal control ordinance and shelter has progressed to the point of requiring a professional study."

Justices of the Peace Randy Higgins, Chris Bills, Damon Edwards, Steve Goode and Rocky Lawrence comprise the Courts and Public Safety Committee, which has worked closely with a citizen task force to gather information about a possible animal shelter. Higgins chairs the committee.

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