The Dutch judges who ruled that taxing dog owners is discriminatory were barking up the wrong tree.
The Netherlands’ Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower court’s decision that the southern municipality of Sittard-Geleen illegally discriminated against owners by levying a dog tax. Opponents argued it was unfair to levy fees on them as opposed to people who did not own dogs because the money raised went into the municipality’s general budget.
The Supreme Court says municipalities are entitled to tax dog ownership because they have to pick up the bill for keeping public parks and streets clean.
Government statistics show dog taxes raise well over e50 million (R670m) a year for the Dutch municipalities that have such levies. – Sapa-AP