Nice conversation at the drinks table? Start with dog poo

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TXT 1 lead image: Why so many people own a dog, you spend more time outside. Photo: ANP
Dog poop on the street.  Photo: ANP

Dog poop on the street. Photo: ANP

ABELDON – Is dog tax collection still in effect today? Throw this question into the group and you have hours of discussion.

The dog tax is a municipal tax. Cleaning up dog litter costs municipalities money, which is why they tax dogs. However, it was once introduced to specifically reduce the inconvenience caused by stray dogs and to prevent the spread of rabies.

An average sized dog defecates more than 125 pounds of stool per year. Every poo from a dog that we don’t clean produces 188 million kilograms of poo annually.

Many opponents of the dog tax see the tax as a profitable cow, because the municipality can and may cover the shortfall with it. Others point out arbitrariness, as there is no such thing as a cat and horse tax. For example, Nancy says on Facebook, “Let them tax the cats.”

Municipalities that collect taxes on dogs must also check whether families have dogs. The Association of Dutch Municipalities says there are relatively high costs associated with collecting a dog tax.

Seniors who cannot afford a dog tax lose social contact with other dog owners

Tineke on Facebook

Tineke also says on Facebook that the tax is no longer in effect at this time. “In the municipality of Raiden, they are now going to check it out. I think it is a shame that this has happened. Because older people who now have a dog, often cannot afford it and therefore lose their social contact with other dog owners.”

Not all municipalities collect dog tax

The municipalities in Noord-Veluwe, with the exception of Harderwijk, do not tax dogs, as do most municipalities in Achterhoek, but Aalten and East Gelre, on the other hand, do.

Respondents on Facebook are also concerned about what is going on in Nijmegen. The city council initially informed that it would abolish the dog tax, but the amount you have to pay for your first dog this year is €5 more than in 2021.

The municipality of Nijmegen will investigate in the coming months, despite the fact that the dog tax is likely to be repealed from January 1, 2023, according to reports. RN7. “Because the dog tax will still be in place this year, the municipality will still pay this year. And that’s fair for residents who pay this tax,” a Nijmegen local broadcaster says.

RN7 It is established that Nijmegen collects 1.2 million euros from dog tax in Nijmegen. According to the municipality, “the inspection generates more money than it costs.”

Should you clean the stool?

yes. If you do not, you risk a fine of up to 150 euros. If you have a service dog or guide dog, you are not obligated to clean up the stool of your four-legged friend.

Why so many people own a dog, you spend more time outside. – Photo: ANP

Last year, dog owners got hopes up when it turned out that a majority of House members wanted to get rid of the dog tax, but The Hague is reluctant because repeal could lead to problems for municipalities. If the dog tax is already repealed, there is a good chance that property taxes or parking rates will be increased. Professor by special assignment of local fees Arjen Schep commented on this: Radio NPO 1: “Until the legislator says that it is no longer allowed, the municipality is free to collect this tax.”

To cancel or not?
The financial ramifications of eliminating the dog tax differ from one municipality to another, says Professor by Special Appointment to Local Authorities, Arjen Sheep. Gelderland broadcast. “The municipality that abolishes this tax will choose it itself: raise another tax, reduce spending, or make it at the expense of public resources.” He points out that, on average, 15 percent of a municipality’s total income is made up of their tax revenue.
Schep: “The vast majority of municipal income comes from government. There is no definitive or logical first choice to absorb the loss of dog tax revenue. If the choice is made to increase taxes, the option to raise homeowners’ property tax is an obvious choice.”
Like the dog tax, this is a general tax. The general tax is not associated with costs such as sewage fees or waste tax. “The municipality continues to pay for the dogs (litter), construction and maintenance of the dog picnics,” Ship says. “In this sense, it is fair to keep the dog tax. This is also the reason why many municipalities have turned this general tax into a destination tax: only municipal costs are recovered with it.” Then the rates usually drop.

The Animal Party of Gelderland wants to scrap the dog tax. The party sees this as an “incorrect method of obtaining government revenues”. The party believes that municipalities that still tax dogs should spend that revenue on utilities that directly benefit dogs or other animals. For example, to build latrines for dogs, expand jogging areas and education programs in schools about pets.

The party also rejects the cat tax.

dog poop and nitrogen

Research from the University of Ghent in February showed that nitrogen emission in nature is made worse by dog ​​feces. This was why Luke van der Veer of the Animal Party of the States of Gelderland was asking questions. “If dog feces contribute to nitrogen deposition, what about horse manure and horse urine? Shouldn’t riding schools have to pay for it? Compared to a horse’s pile, a dog pile has only small dimensions.”

The boycott’s answer did not satisfy Van der Veer. “The county does not want to investigate whether the nitrogen in manure that horses leave behind is appropriate. While this may be the case, along busy equestrian roads, the county does not want to investigate.”

Van der Veer says owners of horses and riding stables don’t pay a fee to use the nature trails, at least not to the government. “Sometimes an annual contribution is required to get with a horse to a nature reserve. Then you get a number plate that you have to show in such a nature reserve. Natuurmonumenten did this near Eerbeek, for example.”

It’s leftover waste
Dog feces are residual waste, just like cat poop and are not allowed in the organic wastebasket or in the compost pile in the home, due to the risk of transmitting animal diseases through the compost. Chicken droppings, pigeon droppings, cat droppings and human excrement (eg baby droppings from diapers) are not allowed in the bio trash. The remaining waste is burned. This provides energy to generate electricity or to heat the area. Source: Waste Segregation Manual. nl

See also: You don’t have to pay dog ​​tax in this municipality

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