Summit County dog licenses could become more expensive, soon.
The proposal in Summit County Council would raise the yearly dog license fee from $14 to $18.
Jason Dodson, chief of staff for County Executive Russ Pry, says the increase is meant to end the animal control division's need to use over 100-thousand dollars a year from the county general fund.
"We've documented pretty well where we're at financially, and what's gone on with the state, and how they've pushed their financial problems down to us," Dodson tellls AkronNewsNow.com. "And we simply are just not in a position anymore to fund operations such as animal control out of the general fund."
The $18 fee would create a slight surplus for the animal control agency.
"Any additional money that we do operate in the black stays with the animal control fund," Dodson says, "and will be used to offset any future increases in license fees."
Dodson says even with the higher fee, Summit County dog licenses would still be cheaper than those in other large Ohio counties.
The new state-mandated 3-year and lifetime dog licenses would still be 3 times and 10 times the annual fee, respectively.
The proposed fee increase passed the County Council rules committee Monday night, and still needs approval by the full council next week before it would take effect.