Tooele City residents will pay a slightly increased fee when they take out their pet’s new license this year, but the licensing process should be much smoother, city officials said.
The Tooele City Council voted last week to approve a new fee schedule for pet licenses that will increase the cost of those licenses by an average of $6, according to Tooele City Police Chief Ron Kirby.
But the increase will not affect fees across the board. As of last week, dog licenses will cost $20 regardless of gender, or $10 if the dog is neutered. Cat licenses will cost $10 per animal, or $5 for a neutered animal.
Prior to the new schedule, the city assessed fees according to the pet’s gender. Female dogs cost $22.50, while male dogs cost $11, and female cats cost $15, while male cats cost $7.50. Neutered cats and dogs cost $4.75 and $7.50, respectively.
The additional $50 charge for dogs declared potentially dangerous has not changed.
The adjustments rounded out the fee schedule and simplified the licensing process for residents and city staff alike, Kirby said.
Additionally, the revisions will bring Tooele City within range of what other cities charge for pet licenses, according to Kirby.
Grantsville City charges slightly more for pet licenses, with a $25 fee for dogs, or $15 for neutered dogs. Tooele County charges $10 for male dogs, $20 for female dogs, and $5 for neutered dogs. Neither Grantsville nor Tooele County requires licenses for cats.
For comparison, Salt Lake City charges $35 for a dog license, which can be reduced to $20 if the dog is neutered or $10 if the dog is neutered and microchipped for ease of identification. Cat licenses cost $25, or $10 for neutered cats and just $5 if the cat is neutered and microchipped.
Though slight, the fee increase will also bring in a little additional revenue for Tooele City, which according to the city finance department, issues roughly 1,000 animal licenses per year. These funds help support animal control and the city’s shelter, Kirby said.