Wilson County Commissioners voted Monday night to eliminate the $2 Pet Tax implemented in 1980.
Eliminating the tax passed with a vote of 13-10. Commissioners Becky Siever, Terry Duncan, Chad Barnard, Jerry McFarland, Kenny Reich, Terry Scruggs, Nathan Clariday, William Glover, Annette Stafford, Wendell Marlowe, Bernie Ash, Paul Abercrombie and Randy Hall voted yes.
Commissioners Frank Bush, Sara Patton, Jim Bradshaw, Billy Rowland, Jeff Joines, Jason Brockman, Gary Keith, Adam Bannach and Eugene Murray voted no. Commissioners Fred Weston and Clint Thomas were absent.
The tax has been a source of funding for New Leash on Life.
A motion to implement a $2 pet registration fee on all cats and dogs that receive rabies vaccinations failed with a vote of 16-7.
Patton explained her “no” vote was because Wilson County should fund their animal control program to avoid “everybody getting up in arms.”
“All this is going to do is cause responsible pet owners who would normally get their pets rabies shots to not do it,” she added. “It would cause all types of problems.”
Commissioners also failed to pass a motion to collect fees annually instead of quarterly. Marlowe explained that it was much easier to collect fees four times a year instead of once a year.
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