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Dog tag price hike is needed, county administrator says


MEDINA — Revenues are dwindling at the Medina County Animal Shelter, and county Administrator Scott Miller is looking at ways to keep the agency from going into the red.

Miller said he’ll ask Medina County commissioners next week to authorize an increase in fees for next year. Most licenses already have been purchased for 2018.

He said the change could increase the animal shelter’s annual revenue by about $126,000.

“It should keep us in the positive,” Miller said. “It will bring our fund dollars back up.”

Residents can purchase one-year, three-year and permanent licenses for dogs.

“We’ve had (many) individuals go out and purchase the permanent licenses,” Miller said. “Costs have increased. That one-time payment has really hurt us.

“We did projections. The fund balance decreased by about $80,000 from ’17 to ’18. It’s been a problem.”

Miller’s proposed increases include raising one-year fees from $10 to $15, three-year fees from $30 to $36 and permanent fees from $100 to $120.

The biggest increase in revenue would come with the one-year license fees. That alone could raise $104,635 in additional revenue, he said.

But buying permanent licenses isn’t the only reason revenues are down, Miller said, citing the fact that not everyone renews dog licenses.

There are about 23,000 dogs registered in Medina County, and the county auditor’s office sends out reminders to residents when it’s time to renew a license. When time permits, dog warden Del Saffle said he and his staff will go door-to-door to check on people who failed to renew a license.

“Some (of the dogs have) passed away,” Saffle said. “Some got rid of the dogs. There is a lot that didn’t renew them. We’ll give them a warning. If they don’t follow through, they can get a citation.”

Every dog that comes to the shelter is vaccinated for worms, bordetella and DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus). Each shot costs $13, Saffle said.

He said the rate increases are not going to be “outrageous, just enough to offset our costs” at the shelter, 6334 Deerview Lane, Lafayette Township.

In other news:

Peggy Folk, clerk for commissioners, will retire at the end of June when she turns 65.

“My husband has been retired for years,” she said.

She said she’ll spend more time with her seven grandchildren and do more volunteer work in the community and at church.

Folk said she’ll miss the people she came across in her job, but believes change is good.

“Fresh eyes are good,” she said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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