Wilson County Eliminates Pet Tax

Wilson County Eliminates Pet Tax

CREATED Feb 24, 2014

WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. – Officials in Wilson County have elected to eliminate the pet tax, which could hurt many non-profit animal organizations.

Non-profit organizations such as, New Leash On Life, have benefited from the tax for nearly 30 years. New Leash On Life has relied on the $35,000 a year on average to help with the non-profit's mission of spaying and neutering and rescuing and adopting cats and dogs in Wilson County.

Most of the county commissioners in Wilson County voted that there are a number of reasons this financial arrangement needed to end.

Wilson County Commissioner Wendell Marlowe said in the 30 plus years, the organization has changed – and so have its finances.

"We get by on a shoe string budget of about $230,000; which sounds like a lot of money, but we're talking about a lot of animals," he said.

Commissioner Marlowe said New Leash On Life is still able to get money from Wilson County. He said they can approach the Health and Welfare committee about donations, but they would have to apply for these limited funds yearly.