Medina County Administrator Chris Jakab said the county can afford to reduce the cost of dog licenses from $12 to $10 per year.
The lifetime license would drop from $120 to $100 and the three-year license from $36 to $30. Jakab proposed the reduction during the dog and kennel fiscal analysis for 2015-18 he presented to county commissioners Tuesday.
“Over the last 15 years, there’s been a build-up of cash reserve that’s enough to cover, at the reduced fee amount, operating costs and capital needs,” he said.
Some of the capital improvements include recoating the kennel floor with medical-grade sealant, an estimated cost of $30,000 next year. The four-year projection also includes repaving the parking lot for $25,000 and replacing the furnace and air conditioning units for $20,000 in 2018.
The estimated cash balance for the end of 2014, Jakab reported, is $374,657, and by the end of year four, the estimated cash balance would be $114,807.
Jakab said he plans to present commissioners with a resolution to pass the fee reduction next week.
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