In an amended ordinance vote this week, Kendall County Board members voted in favor of an updated animal control fees ordinance regarding rabies tag fees that revises a previous decision to raise fees.
The Kendall County Board voted earlier this year, for 2020, to increase tag fees from $10 to $12 annually and from $25 to $30 for a three-year tag for an altered or "fixed" dog, due to increased cost to the county to account for the minimum wage increase for animal control staff. A one-year tag was raised from $25 to $27 for an intact dog and for a three-year tag, $60 to $65 for an intact dog.
But in a vote on Tuesday, that was essentially undone, and the fee amounts were lowered back to the current amounts.
Kendall County Administrator Scott Koeppel says the fee ordinance came back before the county board because of a new state law that now requires tracked rabies vaccinations for companion cats.
As there was not previously a requirement for a cat rabies tag, Kendall County did not charge for one. Board member Matt Prochaska motioned to not charge the previously approved amounts, arguing the county was not aware when the increases were approved that the state law for cats would be enacted and that the county would see revenue from it.
But others, like board members Robyn Vickers and Amy Cesich argued that the county does not have a clear picture of how much revenue cats would bring in.
Board member Matt Kellogg agreed with Prochaska's motion.
Board members Prochaska, Kellogg, Judy Gilmour, Scott Gryder, Scott Gengler and Tony Giles voted in favor of the amendment with members Vickers, Cesich and Elizabeth Flowers voting against.
The final vote on the amended motion was 7-2 with Cesich voting yes.