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Johnson County Considers Dog Tax

Officials say a tax on Johnson County canines would help pay for additional staff.

Dogs in cages

Photo: Arianna Prothero

The dog tax would help fund animal control efforts.

Dog owners in Johnson County may soon have to pay a tax for their pets. Animal Control Director Michael Delp stresses it is just one idea being considered as a fundraiser for his department.

Delp estimates there are about 80,000 dogs in Johnson County. If each dog were taxed $1, the levy would generate $80,000 annually.  The money could be used to hire one or two additional animal control officers.

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