Friday, May 25, 2007

Silly City Accounting Practices

  • Dog owners have been thumbing their noses at the city’s mandatory dog license for decades. Chicago has roughly 500,000 dogs. It sells only 20,072 licenses despite years of threatened crackdowns.

    Why, then, did the Daley administration quietly impose a five-fold increase in the annual license fee for dogs not spayed or neutered — from $10 to $50?

Lets just review the math here:
  • 20,072 licenses at $10 per = $200,720 in fees
  • 479928 unlicensed dogs at $10 per = $4,799,928 in uncollected revenue
Almost $5 million - that covers half of the mayor's $10 million dollar budget hole, just by taxing DOGS at the old rate. You jack that up to $50, you now have $23 million in UNCOLLECTED revenue - two and a third budget shortfalls.

The reason the city would rather crack down on the law abiding is simple - because they obey the law. Until we start confiscating or destroying the dogs that run loose across the city and actually start levying fines against the owners - COLLECTIBLE fines - the dog population will continue to grow and the population of people who don't buy licenses will, too.

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42 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dog will never be licensed, KMA Daley. My dog is a free dog!

5/25/2007 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to worry. Apparently, the city doesn't need the money.

While shopping at the Wal*Mart across Route 59 from Fox Valley Mall (either Naperville or Aurora, but DEFINITELY NOT Chicago), upon exiting the store, a female Wal*Mart employee approached us, handed my wife one of those "curly" eco-friendly light bulbs and said, "Here you go. Compliments of Mayor Richard Daley." Apparently, the City of Chicago is now giving free light bulbs to suburbanites, so there must not be any shortfall of funds available to the city.

5/25/2007 02:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost $5 million - that covers half of the mayor's $10 million dollar budget hole, just by taxing DOGS at the old rate. You jack that up to $50, you now have $23 million in UNCOLLECTED revenue

Hell, jack it up to a $10,000,000 per dog and you could eliminate the national debt!

The uncollected amount is accounting fiction. With 4% compliance, licensing isn't worth the trouble.

5/25/2007 02:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raise the gun registration fees too. Make POs pay renewal gun fees yearly like the general public.

5/25/2007 07:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here again, go after the popular things like gun bans and smoke free Chicago. But after cute little dogs and everyone is up in arms. Like I have said before just enforce all the laws that are already written.

5/25/2007 07:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The crackdown on dog licenses should be limited to:

The ghetto and pit bulls--There is enough of both to fill the city coffers.

North Side men with little foo-foo dogs: I'd rather have the ghetto and pit bulls.

5/25/2007 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are going to write tickets for unlicensed dogs...get real....we have bigger problems.....maybe gang bangers and there curs.

5/25/2007 08:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets tax all the free cars the city gives out to their clouted friends! Lets get all the fat command staff into the old style yugos then they can show us how they are he helping from the top down and from fat side to side!

5/25/2007 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city comes to fine me for my dogs that are fixed and have rabies shots, two words FUCK OFF!!!!!!!!

I do the right thing and have had all my pets spayed and or neutered. My pets also get their rabies and distemper shots every year. I will not let Napoleon get extra money out of me. He gets enough every year for schools my kids don't go to. This is just another tax levied by the peoples communist republic of Chicago.

For those of you who are wondering. I looked into getting licenses for my dogs. The license is good for one year. Its starts the day you get your dog a rabies shot and ends when its time for the next shot. You also have to prove that your dog is fixed to get the lower priced license. This is just a tax on people who have already done the right thing. I pay enough taxes and I'm not giving in on this one.

5/25/2007 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you outlaw dogs only outlaws will have dogs.

5/25/2007 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad Sgt. Steve Brownstein got kicked off his dog team...

C'mon Mayor, unleash the Hound of Hell!!!!!!


"I'M THE SERGEANT!!!!!"

5/25/2007 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

once again, this just points out that city ordinaces are not aimed at generating compliance. it's all about revenue generation!

5/25/2007 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raise the gun registration fees too. Make POs pay renewal gun fees yearly like the general public.

5/25/2007 07:44:00 AM


If you are serious, you are such a stroke I can't even begin to explain it...

5/25/2007 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

complain complain complain
next time you respond to a call and the victim has a dog ask to see the victims license for the dog
then write a citation
do your job
quit blaming the mayor

5/25/2007 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 5/25/2007 07:44:00 AM,

You are an idiot. They do pay yearly renewal fees, just like the general public, for all firearms but their service weapons. And before you write it, check the municipal code, they DO NOT renew their service weapons yearly, so you would be unable to charge them yearly for their service weapons anyway. So go hug your unlicensed puppy asshole and don't fuck with the only thing that keeps your scared-ass from Armageddon. That said, I would like to thank the men and women of the CPD for a job well done, else this place would be nothing but Dodge City all over-again!

5/25/2007 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All Daley has to do is assign Revenue to have thier people at the dog beaches at Belmont & Montrose to ticket violators and they would collect several hundred thousand easily...oh! but then the yuppies would bitch and the program would stop.

5/25/2007 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They want to neuter my dog,NEVER! How about they neuter those little breeding machines on the westside who burden the system of the tax paying public. How much do we have to endure with the local goverment trying to tax, fine and liscence us to death to pay for their voting block. The mayor is the one who should have his balls cut off, placed in jar and sold on e-bay to help pay for his budget short fall.

5/25/2007 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just an idea.....if they pass the doggy dining at outdoor restaurants, scoop those little critters up and hold them for hostage--after all, it's the yuppies with the money that dine at those joints and want to subject their animals to everyone. My money is that at least 85% of those pooches aren't licensed.

5/25/2007 02:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Round up the loose dogs & gas 'em.
Same goes for the liberal anti-gun
fanatics.

5/25/2007 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am starting the NDA in the vision of the NRA, you'll only get my dog after prying it from my cold dead hands. Fight on FIDO

5/25/2007 02:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 0744, I will make you a deal, ill pay more like the "general public" the same day I can start complaining to the bosses of the "general public" anytime you do something outside work. F U very much

5/25/2007 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raise the gun registration fees too. Make POs pay renewal gun fees yearly like the general public.

SILLY LIBERAL, YOU FORGET THIS IS THE DICTATORSHIP OF CHICAGO, GENERAL PUBLIC CAN'T HAVE HANDGUNS AND THOSE THAT HAVE THEM ILLEGALLY DON'T PAY ANYWAY. POS DO HAVE TO PAY YEARLY FOR
SHOTGUNS ETC. MAYBE THEY SHOULD TAX STUPID OPINIONS!

5/25/2007 02:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alderman Eugene Schulter and Brendan Reilly said "pets belong at sidewalk cafes" and are sponsoring a new ordinace to allow this. Great, I don't have any sidewalk cafes in my neighborhood. So let's have Animal Care & Control start a crack-down and see if all these yuppies and their dogs have licenses. At $300 per citation we could make a killing and take care of that budget hole, too.

5/25/2007 03:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give the stammering Irish idiot a break, his brothers went to St. Ignatius and learned math! Bonehead went to DeLaSalle, and, if he wasn't the Mayor, would probably be pushing a beat car in 009!

5/25/2007 03:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I refuse to register my dog. If I register my dog then when the oppresive government wants to de-dog the public they will know I have a dog and get a search warrant to take Fluffy away.

Also, the electronic dog tags being sold now irradiate the dog waste so the government will know where he's been.

I need more aluminum foil for my hats. Please put your recyclable foil in clean blue bags. Dirty ones make my hair sticky.

5/25/2007 04:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I paid the $50, I'm not whacking my boys
boyz for anyone. LOL

5/25/2007 05:06:00 PM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

What made me laugh is if a dog is fixed or not. How in the hell do they enforce this? LOL

'Operation Unlucky Dog" in action!! What do they do, bring Fifi the Poodle all poofed up and sprayed with perfume to see if the male dog goes for it!??!?!

5/25/2007 07:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Triumph the Insult Dog said...

I poop on your fees!

5/25/2007 10:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give the stammering Irish idiot a break, his brothers went to St. Ignatius and learned math! Bonehead went to DeLaSalle, and, if he wasn't the Mayor, would probably be pushing a beat car in 009!

Excuse me but wouldn't Mr. Mayor Retardalopolous be aged out of the job if he was a meek and humble beat officer in 009? Wasn't the One Celled Wonder born in '42 or '43?

5/25/2007 10:11:00 PM  
Anonymous save roxy said...

I want to come home rock!!!

5/25/2007 10:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chief Joanne Jaffe, NYPD, for CPD Superintendent.

5/25/2007 10:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Col Frank Slade said...

Who gets hurt by the enforcement of dog license fees? That's right...the law abiding citizen!!! The majority of responsible dog owners reside in wards where the majority of citizens have jobs and pay taxes. Now the wards in which I've seen packs of wild, dangerous and wayward dogs are the exact same wards in which a high percentage of residents don't pay taxes and contribute to society. Basically, the working man is fucked again! This creature takes it in the ass time and time again. Law abiding citizens also obey gun laws whereas criminal don't! So the politicians want to pass tougher gun laws also! Again, fuck the law abiding citizen!!!

I apologize for my crude language tonight. It's been a long week and I just get irritated by stupid people.

5/25/2007 10:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm daley appoints the city clerk then gets him elected cause he is hispanic and this is what he does? What an asswipe the only good thing he did is get rid of the 4 guys on the clerks detail this saves the city money maybe the traesurer and the mulit millionaire eddie burke can do the same!

5/25/2007 10:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) JUST A QUESTION I FINALLY GOT 1 DAY SPECIAL AT THE AIRPORT AND WHAT DID I WORK WITH? DETECTIVES AND CRIME LAB D-3 PAY RATE GUYS! DON'T THE DICKS GET ENOUGH O.T.? WHY TAKE FROM THE GUYS THAT HAVE THE LEAST? ARE THE MAYORS GUYS AND BURKES ONLY WORKING 14 DAYS A MONTH?

5/25/2007 11:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see the FEDs audit the city's books. Especially all the Homeland Security money.

5/25/2007 11:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They want to neuter my dog,NEVER! How about they neuter those little breeding machines on the westside who burden the system of the tax paying public. How much do we have to endure with the local goverment trying to tax, fine and liscence us to death to pay for their voting block. The mayor is the one who should have his balls cut off, placed in jar and sold on e-bay to help pay for his budget short fall.

5/25/2007 12:54:00 PM

.....If they want my dog's balls,they're gonna have to pry them from my cold,dead fingers!!!

5/26/2007 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a tag for cats? Goldfish? lizards? snakes (the whole city council), etc.. They want also to raise vehicle stickers to $100.00 look at truck sticker $150.00. Just keep thinking of things to keep this uneeded office open right? just another waste of money! Why is it the IG cannot investigate thieveing alderthugs and their staffs? because the feds have to it and hopefully Patrick Fitzgerald marches all of them along with daley to prison and soon!

5/26/2007 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tried to get my dog a license but they sent my check back because they did not like the form my vet had given me for the dog's shots. the vet stated that every other municipality accepted the state form they had provided. Can you guess if i jumped thru all the hoops the city wanted me to do for a measley five bucks? Yes my dog is now a scoff law and so am I. Screw You Daley

5/26/2007 01:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McGruff Says:

I get a new license every year.

The problem is that the city clerk makes it impossible to renew your old license. They do not send out renewal forms to the legit registered owners to collect the fee, instead, the owner must request a form from their vet, nearest city services location, or go downtown to city hall (maybe it's online by now).

My paws are too big to search online.

And you must get a form from your vet that your rabies shot is up to date, or no license!

Soo, most owners just quit renewing. Way too complicated and costly for the average dog owner that wants to comply.

But I will because i'm McGruff and I want to take a bite out of Daley's ASS, without being ticketed!

5/26/2007 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Daley really had a brain he'd crack down on all the imbiciles who leave their dogs out for hours barking constantly. A fine of about a hundred bucks would get their owners to quiet them down quick. My neighborhood sounds like a dog kennel. don't we have anything like noise pollution ordinances? It would be nice to get a sound night's sleep once in awhile. I feel really sorry for the guys that have to work midnights. New guys, be careful, it's really dangerous being half-asleep working mids on this job. Stay home if you're too tired to function properly at work, it's better than getting injured seriously or killed.

5/26/2007 04:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
(OT) JUST A QUESTION I FINALLY GOT 1 DAY SPECIAL AT THE AIRPORT AND WHAT DID I WORK WITH? DETECTIVES AND CRIME LAB D-3 PAY RATE GUYS! DON'T THE DICKS GET ENOUGH O.T.? WHY TAKE FROM THE GUYS THAT HAVE THE LEAST? ARE THE MAYORS GUYS AND BURKES ONLY WORKING 14 DAYS A MONTH?

5/25/2007 11:09:00 PM

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Because Dicks and crime lab are still POs. We all have the same seniority. If you have more time then a dick or crime lab guy then you get the special spot. When you get more time on the job then your chances will increase. Simple as that.

5/26/2007 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the 1 comment audit the cities books! I agree 100% but it needs to be done now as the city probably already shredded most of the evidence! How about auditing daley and all his contractor friends? How did elzie higglebottom the manager of the county building and the man with many stores at O'hare airport (NO Bid) get away scott free with the county building fire? Due to his gross negligence people died but thanks to daley devine and company all was hushed (again) under the carpet!

5/27/2007 10:54:00 AM  

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