Dog tax has not had its day – parish constables

DOG TAX still has a place in society, parish constables believe, as they said the money paid by owners was put towards providing facilities around the island.

Andrew Younger with his Wheaten terrier, Cookies, on the left and his Tibetan terrier, Noodles, on the right. He was not sure how dog tax was spent and saw it as some kind of stealth tax (Pictures by Juliet Pouteaux, 17444716

The annual £10 per dog charge, which is administered by the parishes, was due to be paid by the end of January.

But with the States vet David Chamberlain previously stating he believed 50% of owners were not paying the tax, questions have been raised about whether it is still appropriate.

Castel constable Bob Falla said while different parishes varied in their approaches, Castel used its income from the tax to provide dog waste bins and to pay a contractor to collect the waste.

‘The money is used around the parish to provide a service,’ he said. ‘It doesn’t go into general revenue. If you look at it from all sides, can you expect parishioners without a dog to pay for the bins?’

He said whenever the parish had representations from owners or parishioners about a lack of bins or an increase in dog mess, it would look at putting a new bin in that place.

Mr Falla said Castel used to follow up with owners if they had not paid their tax. However, in some cases the pet had died and it had been a distressing phone call. Now it sends out a coloured tag with each licence it issues.

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