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File #: 58446    Version: 1 Name: Dog License Tax
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 11/22/2019 In control: Attorney's Office
On agenda: 12/3/2019 Final action: 12/3/2019
Enactment date: 12/6/2019 Enactment #: RES-19-00795
Title: Establishing the City’s 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
11/22/20191 Attorney's Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
This resolution increases the dog license tax by $5, as a companion to Legistar 58448, which modifies the dog license tax ordinance to establish any increases in the city share of the tax through resolution and allows automatic increases in the dog license tax that are enacted by Dane County. The City's dog license tax is comprised of city and county shares. Under current city and county ordinance and legislation, $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. Without this change in the dog license tax amount collected by the City, General Fund revenues would be reduced by approximately $62,800, as a result of the $5 increase in the required pass through to Dane County.

Establishing the City’s Dog License Tax.
WHEREAS, under Wis. Stat. Sec. 174.05(3), the Common Council is authorized to establish, by resolution, an additional City dog license tax payable by all persons obtaining dog licenses within the City, 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; and,

WHEREAS, the City’s dog license tax is currently a total of ($15) for a neutered male dog or spayed female d...

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