Miami-Dade Homeowners Property Taxes Could Increase $20 for Pets?

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on August 8, 2012

In an effort to make Miami-Dade a no-kill shelter county, county commissioners voted 13-0 to approve the “Pets’ Trust Miami Initiative,” which will prompt a November ballot issue.

Homeowners would see their property taxes raise $20 per year to create a fund to care for animals, including spaying and neutering, pet retention programs and education, and create a $20 million fund. Commissioners say it will cost the taxpayer roughly 5 cents per day.

Animals rights groups got the unanimous vote they wanted, but not everyone believes the new tax is a good idea, with some feeling that preventing overpopulation is the responsibility of pet owners, not the government and community-at-large.

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