“It’s more fair to non-pet owning tax payers and I think it’s a proactive way of managing increased shelter fees and the cat over-population.”
But Roseville City Councilwoman Pauline Roccucci said the timing isn’t good.
“I’m all for making awareness of neutering your animals. I’m just not real interested in looking at a licensure at this time. I think people are hard hit trying to figure if they’re going to pay their electric bill or pay their rent.”
The proposed fee would’ve been set at the same rate as dog license fees. In Roseville that’s $15 for spay or neutered pets and $30 for unaltered pets. The higher-fee is intended to encourage pet-owners to fix their cats and dogs.
Cat licenses are already required in the city of Sacramento and in both unincorporated Placer and Sacramento counties.