Only 42 per cent of the 1,980 dogs in the town­ship are li­censed

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

A li­cence is valid for the cal­en­dar year in which it was is­sued, and own­ers are re­quired to re­new their dog’s (dogs’) li­cence(s) and pay the as­so­ci­ated fee of $15 for the first dog and $25 each for two or more dogs on an an­nual ba­sis.

In his in­for­ma­tion re­port, Mr. Poupart stated that town­ship res­i­dents may not be ob­tain­ing the re­quired li­cence for a num­ber of rea­sons, in­clud­ing the be­lief “that there is lim­ited ben­e­fit for the cost,” that they feel the fee is “a cash grab” for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, that dog own­ers may be un­aware of the re­quire­ment of ob­tain­ing a li­cence, and that own­ers may pre­fer to ob­tain a li­cence on­line.

The re­port ex­plains that the town­ship “has im­ple­mented a num­ber of ways” to ap­ply and pay for a dog li­cence, among them: al­low­ing res­i­dents to pur­chase li­cences at one of four lo­cal re­tail out­lets in the town­ship; as well as at the town­ship of­fice in Lan­caster and through an an­nual door-to-door sales cam­paign. Snail mail is also an op­tion. Cur­rently, on­line pur­chases are not of­fered.

Mr. Poupart’s on­go­ing re­view comes on the heels of com­ments made by Coun. Lyle War­den won­dered whether town­ship staff could look into ways to “stream­line” the ex­ist­ing li­cens­ing pro­gram.

Among the op­tions Mr. Poupart has sug­gested for re­vamp­ing the cur­rent sys­tem are the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a life­time or one-time li­cence pur­chase re­quire­ment, or elim­i­nat­ing the dog li­cens­ing pro­gram al­to­gether.

An­other pos­si­bil­ity in­volves out­sourc­ing the ser­vice to the pri­vate sec­tor – sim­i­lar to what has been done in the cities of Brockville and Kingston, as well as the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Clar­ing­ton (in the Durham Re­gion).

Mr. Poupart’s re­port adds that ad­min­is­tra­tion will take an­other look at the ex­ist­ing dog li­cens­ing pro­gram this fall, and “present one or more rec­om­men­da­tions to coun­cil” in a fu­ture staff re­port later this year, mean­ing any changes wouldn’t likely come into ef­fect un­til 2019.

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