Most dog owners in the Rural City of Murray Bridge council district will find their registration fees going up by $5 per dog in the 2020-21 financial year.
For the first time since 2016-17, the council will increase registration fees for most dogs except those whose owners are concession card holders.
The decision was made at the March 10 council meeting. In the report presented to elected members, council development and regulation manager Geoff Parsons compared the previous financial year's fees to those of six neighbouring councils of comparable size.
The registration fee for a standard dog was the second-cheapest among all seven, with only Coorong District Council being cheaper.
"This demonstrates that the Rural City of Murray Bridge has one of the lowest dog registration fee rates in the region for standard and non-standard dog categories," Mr Parsons said in the report.
"It also showed the Rural City of Murray Bridge has one of the highest rates for registration fees for concession card holders, hence it is not proposed to increase the fees for those dogs whose owners are in possession of a concession card."
He said the $5 increase "brings the Rural City of Murray Bridge closer to the 'typical' fee rate" other similar council charged.
In 2020-21, dog owners can expect to pay the following fees:
- Non-standard dog: $80
- Standard dog: $35
- Puppy microchipped: $26
- Non-standard concession: $52.50
- Standard dog concession: $21
- Business registration: $85
- Working dog: $25
- Greyhound: $25
The fees charged by the council for impounding a dog are unchanged.