Dog license fees to increase

By Cecilia Fox -

MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County dog owners will see an increase in license fees at the end of this year. The county commissioners voted Tuesday to approve an increase in dog and kennel registration fees.

The increase in dog license fees will become effective December 2017.

“The animal shelter operates on their own fund and the revenue comes from the dog license fees,” Commissioner John “Bud” O’Brien said.

He added that the new fees reflect the rising costs of operation, as well as the addition of a part-time animal control officer.

The cost of a one-year tag will increase to $16 per dog from $14, a three-year tag will go up by $6 to $48, and a permanent tag will increase by $20 to $160 per dog. The county’s kennel fee will rise from $70 to $80.

Licenses can be purchase and renewed year round online at, as well as at the county auditor’s office, and at the Miami County Animal Shelter.

The commissioners also approved a police protection agreement between the village of Pleasant Hill and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

The village will pay a sum of $31,992, which is a 2.5 percent increase over last year, for the provision of around the clock police protection.

The board also voted in favor of the annexation of 1.85 acres from Concord Township to the city of Troy. According to their attorney, William Fulker, the annexation petition was filed by the property owners, Ronald and Jane Phlipot.

The property’s leach field failed last year and the county’s health department said it could not be replaced because of its proximity to the city’s water and sewer, Fulker said. The city allowed the owners to tie into city water and sewer on an emergency basis on the condition that they pursue annexation to the city.

By Cecilia Fox

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