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Controversial decision: municipality doubles dog tax - "Others will have to follow suit"

2021-05-06T11:33:07.309Z

The “best friend of man” will soon be significantly more expensive for Auer citizens: the market council has decided to increase the dog tax - by 100 percent.



The “best friend of man” will soon be significantly more expensive for Auer citizens: the market council has decided to increase the dog tax - by 100 percent.

Au / Hallertau

- The previously valid dog tax statute of the Au market was nine years old.

Owners had to pay 25 euros for each dog per year, 250 euros for each attack dog.

On Tuesday, the market council issued new statutes - and doubled the tax rates.

Votes from market councils that an increase of 100 percent would be “too strong” and already “juicy” remained in the minority.

338 dogs are currently registered in Au, as well as eight attack dogs.

Their owners will have to dig deeper into their pockets from 2022: Because they want to orient themselves to the newer statutes of the surrounding communities and because they have purchased twelve dog stations for 5219 euros and want to set up more, an increase in the dog tax is necessary, explained mayor Hans Sailer and the administration.

Their proposal: 50 euros per year for the first, 75 euros for the second and 100 euros for each additional dog - plus 500 euros for the first attack dog, 750 for the second and 1000 euros for each additional dog.

Councilor criticizes the "too violent" increase

Tanja Rieder (FWG) found these tax rates “quite expensive”. And her FWG colleague Erika Wittstock-Spona would have preferred a “moderate increase” to 30, 50 and 75 euros: “It's just too heavy for us,” she judged the administrative proposal. Stefan Grünberger (FWG) also pointed out that only four other municipalities in the district asked 50 euros for the first dog. He advocated a middle way of 40 euros.

But this parliamentary group could not prevail in the vote and was defeated by 4:16 votes to those councils that followed the proposal of the administration.

Because the vast majority saw it like Florian Schwaiger (CSU): 50 euros per year is not such a high sum, especially since the dog stations and their emptying also cost money.

If you don't ask for 50 euros, "then we can just leave it alone".

Sailer added that the statutes, in which the tax is much lower, are all older.

"They will have to follow suit."

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Source: merkur

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