Fenner tax rate likely to drop for 15th consecutive year

— The 2014 preliminary Fenner town budget may be viewed by town residents at the town offices, located at 3151 Fenner East Road, Cazenovia. For more information contact Town Clerk Joanne Buyea at 655-2705 or by email at townoffenner@windstream.net.

Also at the meeting, Carey said the town dog control officer, Gary Gardner, will be out of town from Oct. 8 to 16. Residents should call the Cazenovia dog control officer, Gordon Baker, at 559-7279 during this time.

When Gardner returns on Oct. 17, he will complete the town-wide dog license enumeration he started in the spring, Carey said. The enumeration, which has not been completed in about 10 years, is being undertaken to verify all dogs in the town are properly licensed and have up-to-date rabies vaccinations. Gardner has been going house-to-house in the town checking dog licenses, giving any owners of unlicensed dogs a form describing licensing fees and procedures. They then have 30 days to visit the town office and license their dog(s). Owners will be charged a $5 late fee for licensing at the town office. If owners do not license their dogs within the 30-day timeframe, they would be in violation of the town dog licensing law.

The current town dog licensing law, approved in 2010 and effective Jan. 1, 2011, states that violations for unlicensed dogs in the town can range from $25 to $250 per violation. Each day a violation goes unresolved becomes a separate offense.

Fenner residents who go to the town office and license their dogs before a visit from Gardner have not been charged the late fee.

The town board also reminded residents that its monthly meeting schedule will change to its winter hours starting in November. The board now will meet at 12:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month from November through April.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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