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Legislation #: 110809 Introduction Date: 10/20/2011
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS SHARP, MARCASON, WAGNER, FORD, TAYLOR AND GLOVER
Title: Dedicating revenue from the fees collected related to the licensing of pets as required by Chapter 14, Animals, to animal control and animal shelter operations; and directing the City Manager to develop a strategy for pet license compliance.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
10/14/2011 Filed by the Clerk's office
10/20/2011 Referred to Finance, Governance & Ethics Committee
10/26/2011 Do Pass as a Committee Substitute
10/27/2011 Assigned Third Read Calendar as Substituted
11/3/2011 Councilmember Sharp Move to Amend
11/3/2011 Passed as Substituted and Amended

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR ORDINANCE NO. 110809, AS AMENDED

 

Dedicating revenue from the fees collected related to the licensing of pets as required by Chapter 14, Animals, to animal control and animal shelter operations; and directing the City Manager to develop a strategy for pet license compliance.

 

WHEREAS, over $2 million is currently spent per year on administering provisions of Chapter 14, Animals; and

 

WHEREAS, there are an estimated 247,000 dogs and cats in Kansas City that should be licensed in accordance with Chapter 14, but only about 10% are currently licensed; and

 

WHEREAS, the lack of revenue caused by the noncompliance with licensing requirements negatively impacts the ability to protect animals from abuse and neglect, to protect the public from stray and dangerous dogs and to operate a humane animal shelter; and

 

WHEREAS, it is believed more pets will be licensed if pet owners and veterinarians are assured the revenue from license fees will be dedicated to animal control and animal shelter operations; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council intends to dedicate the revenues received from pet license fees to the City’s administration of Chapter 14, Animals in general and the operation of an animal shelter specifically; and

 

WHEREAS, there is a need for the development of specific plans for increasing compliance with pet licensing requirements; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That revenue from pet license fees shall be accounted for separately and dedicated to and used only for expenses related to administration of Chapter 14, Animals, which includes the operation of the animal shelter. The City Manager shall furnish the Finance, Governance and Ethics Committee with a quarterly report showing revenues and expenditures.

 

Section 2. That the City Manager shall work with local animal welfare organizations to develop a strategy for increasing compliance with pet licensing requirements and present that strategy to the City Council within 90 days from the passage of this ordinance.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

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Dorothy L. Campbell

Assistant City Attorney