Can the State Be More Generous? No Really can they?
By Linda Farneth
The State of Virginia will donate $15 per specialized plate to the cost of cat and dog sterilization programs but only after a sizable deductible is met! Can you tell this isn't typical of a state government operation?
More seriously the State of Virginia has created a special car license plate for supporters of dog and cat sterilization programs, which commonly involve TNR. TNR stands for Trap, Neuter and Release. Stray animals are rounded up and neutered or spade and usually vaccinated for rabies and released back where they were found. These animals often have the tips of their ears marked to identify them as being sterilized.
The program I'm referring to is governed by State Code, § 46.2-749.2:7. Special license plates for supporters of dog and cat sterilization programs; fees.
The ordinance states that each locality can make application and pay a fee to the DMV to participate in the program.
Vehicle owners can purchase the specialized plates for twenty-five dollars in addition to the prescribed fee for state license plates.
Here's the kicker and the reason for my sarcastic title! The code states,
“For each such twenty-five-dollar fee collected in excess of 1,000 registrations pursuant to this section, fifteen dollars shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to a special nonreverting fund known as the Dog and Cat Sterilization Fund, established within the Department of Accounts.”
So 1000 people in our locality have to purchase one of these specialized plates before the first dime will be donated back to our locality. We get “nothin honey” for the first 1000! But every plate after that we get $15 bucks! Whoo hoo!
Colonial Beach Town Mayor, Eddie Blunt, announced at the Town Council work session on October 6 that the town of Colonial Beach participated in this program last year and earned a whopping $105.00 towards the sterilization of local animals.
Whopping was my word, The Mayor had nothing bad to say about the program!
He was even happy to announce that the town will again participate in the program this year, that's 2020.
Here is my thoughts beyond sarcasm. I am not putting down the program or what it stands for, I just feel the amount of base plates needed before any money goes to the locality is beyond ridiculous.
As nice as it is to have a shiny plate that shows off your support for TNR or sterilization the extra $25 on top of the usual license plate fee would be put to much better use if just donated to a local shelter such as Wendy's Feline Friends, or the SPCA which you can write out a check and give to Pat Fitzgerald or donate the money to the local vets who participate in reduced spay and neutering.