The price tag of the breakup of Bakersfield and Kern County's animal shelter operations is rising beyond what both planned to pay.
The county of Kern's cost to convert an industrial property on Fruitvale Avenue into a new animal shelter has exceeded the county's projected $2.5 million cost, according to a report the Board of Supervisors will review Tuesday.
So far it's only $2,000 over the spending plan. But there is still a lot of spending to do.
Kennels remain unfinished, a septic system big enough to handle all of the animal waste must still be completed, a corral for livestock must be installed and the medical building -- which will include a surgery and exam rooms -- must be finished.
And there is a large amount of paving and site grading on the agenda.
The county isn't sure how much all that will cost, according to the report from the Kern County General Services Division.
The city of Bakersfield, which is renovating the old Kern County shelter on South Mount Vernon Avenue for its use, is also looking at higher-than-expected costs.
Four of the five kennels at the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center have been comprehensively remodeled -- sandblasted and resealed to repair wear and remove any disease.
A new parking lot is under construction, according to Steve Teglia, an assistant to City Manager Alan Tandy. And foundations are being poured Tuesday for a new, nearly 2,500-square-foot, prefabricated office building that will house a lobby and animal surrender and adoption areas, said Assistant Public Works Director Nick Fidler.
All that work hasn't come cheaply.
City officials set aside $500,000 for renovations in the fiscal year 2013-2014 budget, plus an additional $99,000 in funds carried over from the previous year's budget.
By Oct. 19 the city had already spent $512,630 -- not including the cost of staff hours.
And the facility's fifth kennel, an isolation facility, is still being updated.
That cost could raise the project's total by anywhere from $40,000 to $110,000, Fidler said Monday.