Mercer raises fees on dog licenses

June 09, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG — Dog license rates for Mercer County will increase for the first time in many years.

The change is part of the requirement by the Kentucky General Assembly that turned over control of the sale of licenses to counties. Judge-Executive John Trisler told Mercer County Fiscal Court Tuesday that the charge for licenses will vary, depending on whether the animal has been spayed or neutered.

Dog owners currently pay $1.50 per license. The new fees for dogs that have been altered will be $3 a year, while licenses for dogs that have not been spayed or neutered will be $5.

“We feel these fees are appropriate for our county,” Trisler said.

Kennels with less than 10 dogs will have to buy a license at the cost of $20; kennels with more than 10 dogs will pay $30 for an annual license.


In another matter

In another matter, the court tabled a request from Eugene McGuire to waive the minimum lot-size requirement for the installation of a lagoon septic system on a 1.38-acre lot at 4154 Bohon Road.

McGuire has a document signed by Tony White, Mercer County Health Department environmentalist, stating the lot is large enough for a lagoon system.

However, as Magistrate Bill Waggener pointed out, there is another issue facing the court and McGuire: whether the lot meets the requirements for a legal building lot in the county. When White signed the document in 2001 for a previous owner, the minimum size for building lots was five acres.

That size was reduced last year when the court adopted a two-acre minimum lot size for most houses built in the county. The lot in question was sold to McGuire in 2003, Trisler said. Lots smaller than the minimum can be sold; they just cannot be used as a lot for a house.

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