Humane Educational Society ruffled by new Hamilton County financial oversight

Thomas Aultman hugs Snoopy the dog, who his family will foster for the holidays, at the Humane Educational Society on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Humane Society needs volunteers to help foster pets through the holiday season.
photo John Craze, left, and Carrie Goins carry cat Lyndon, who they will foster for the holidays, at the Humane Educational Society on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Humane Society needs volunteers to help foster pets through the holiday season.

The Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga wasted little time pushing back against new Hamilton County financial oversight rules for certain nonprofit organizations.

Last week, the county commission voted 6-3 to require any nonprofit organization that receives county funding amounting to more than 25 percent of its operating budget to adopt county spending and travel policies. The measure also calls for any affected agency to make room on its board for a county commissioner and to provide the commission "with copies of all financial documents and records" relating to income and expenses.

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