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File #: 58448    Version: 1 Name: Establishing dog license tax
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/25/2019 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 12/3/2019 Final action: 12/3/2019
Enactment date: 12/13/2019 Enactment #: ORD-19-00092
Title: Amending Sections 9.50(2), (4)(c) and (5)(b) of the Madison General Ordinances regarding the establishment of the City’s additional dog license tax.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
12/3/20191 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/25/20191 Attorney's Office/Approval Group RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - REPORT OF OFFICER  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
This ordinance amendment modifies the dog license tax to establish the tax through resolution rather than ordinance. The City's dog license tax is comprised of city and county shares. Under current city and county ordinance, $8.75 of each dog license tax is paid to the County for spayed/neutered dogs and $13.75 for other dogs, with $6.25 of each dog license tax retained by the City. The adopted 2020 county budget increases the county share of the dog tax by $5 (to $13.75 and $18.75, respectively). With this change, the total dog license tax in the city will be $20 for spayed/neutered dogs and $25 for other dogs. Puppy and additional tags fees will also be adjusted accordingly. The revenue from the county dog license tax increase is reflected in the Public Health of Madison and Dane County 2020 budget to pay the cost of the Dane County Humane Society contract.
Title
Amending Sections 9.50(2), (4)(c) and (5)(b) of the Madison General Ordinances regarding the establishment of the City’s additional dog license tax.
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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This ordinance amends the City’s existing dog licensing ordinance to remove the fixed license tax amount, for individual and kennel licenses, from the ordinance. The license tax is currently made up of a City share and a County share (from which a minimum amount is paid to the State). The County has recently decided to increase its additional dog license tax by $5.00, which would require a corresponding change to the City’s ordinance. In looking at Wis. Stat. § 174.05(3), the City may establish its additional dog license tax by resolution, provided that the additional dog license tax for unneutered male dogs and unsprayed female dogs is higher than the additional dog license tax for neutered male dogs and spayed female dogs and that the additional tax does not exceed the total cost of all dog licensing, regulating and impounding activities for the previous year. This ordinance amendment would require the Cou...

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