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300% increase in dog license?

It may soon cost more to license your dog in the City of Manteca.

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POSTED January 16, 2010 4:29 a.m.

It may soon cost $20 a year – or four times the current $5 fee – to license a spayed or neutered dog in Manteca.

The registration fee for dogs that aren’t fixed could go from $15 annually to $100 a year.

The proposed fees increase is being pondered Tuesday by the Manteca City Council. Police Chief Dave Bricker devised the new fees in response to the council directive that all municipal operations explore reasonable and prudent cost recovery for services where applicable. The council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

A staff report indicates that studying expenses involved with issuing a license – specifically the need for billing and processing by the finance department – that the fee of $20 is justified as $5 barely covers 25 percent of the cost.

Taking that into account, Bricker is proposing multi-year licenses. A two-year license would cost $30 and a three-year license $40. The three years coincides with the length that a rabies shot certificate is good to cover.

Police service fees have not been updated for 10 years.

While some fees such as for copies of accident and crime reports are actually dropping in cost going from $10 for the first page down to $1 and then from 25 cents per additional page after that down to a dime per additional page, most fees are proposed for increase. Solicitor permits and food vending permits, for example, will go from $40 to $80. Citation sign offs for other agencies will go from $10 to $20.

Most of the fees that impact the most people, though, will be animal control charges.

The charges, current fee, and proposed changes are as follows:
•Cat adoption fee from $10 to $20.
•Cat adoption spay/neuter deposit (that is returned if the surgery is performed) goes from $30 to $75.
•Dog adoption fee from $10 to $20.
•Dog adoption spay/neuter deposit (that is returned if the surgery is performed) goes from $40 to $75.
•Redemption fees for cats, goats, rabbits, birds, and other small animals goes from $10 plus $2 a day on the first impound to $20 plus $2 a day, jumps from $15 on the second impound plus $2 per day to $30 plus $2 a day, and then on three or more impounds from $20 plus $2 a day to $40 plus $2 a day.
•Redemption fees for dogs from $20 plus $3 a day on the first impound to $40 plus $10 a day, jumps from $30 on the second impound plus $10 per day to $60 plus $10 a day, and then on three or more impounds from $40 plus $10 a day to $80 plus $10 a day. Unregistered dogs and out-of-town dogs have an additional fee added at redemption that will go from $10 to $20.
•Impounding of large animals will go from $19 per man hour plus $2 and actual time spent caring for it each day to $40 per man hour plus $10 per day caring for it plus actual time.
•The late registration penalty will go from $10 to $20.
•Lost tag replacement will go from 50 cents to $10.
•The cost of surrendering a live dog at the shelter will go from $20 to $25.
•The cost of surrendering a live dog that is picked up from the owner will go from $42 to $75.
•Deceased dog pickup will go from $22 to $50. Deceased dogs received at the shelter will go from no charge to $25.
•Live cats and other small animals received at the shelter will go from $10 to $25.
•Live cats and small animals picked up from owner will go from $25 to $50.
•Deceased cats and other small animals that are picked up will go from $15 to $50.
•Deceased cats and other small animals that are received at the shelter will go from no charge to $25.
•Emergency charge calls between 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. will go from $50 to $150 with the transportation to a veterinarian charge going from $15 to $40.
•Identification chips will go from $10 to $20.


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