MAHOPAC, N.Y. - It’s about to get a little easier for dog owners in the town of Carmel to license their pets.
At the Town Board’s Sept. 4 meeting, town attorney Greg Folchetti explained that the process is similar to the one in which residents can pay their taxes online with a credit card.
“It is pretty much a mirror of the payment process we have for the receiver of taxes,” he said.
Folchetti said the town will pay about $800 for the service in the first year, and then $300 for maintenance and support in the second of a three-year agreement.
Residents who use the service will pay a convenience fee of 2.45 percent with a minimum payment of $1.75.
“It saves them a trip to Town Hall, and the paperwork is streamlined and expedited,” Folchetti told the board. “It’s a boilerplate agreement. The only change we can make is the choice of law provisions so if there is a dispute, it’s litigated in New York State.”
Folchetti noted that the service is something that would help ease the workload on the town clerk’s office.
Training is included in the cost of the program, Folchetti said, via a 30-minute webinar.
“I don’t think it’s very complicated,” he said.
“I think it’s a great idea,” added Supervisor Ken Schmitt. “The more services we can provide online the better. It definitely saves them a trip to Town Hall.”
Schmitt estimated there are about 8,000 dogs in town.
“I think there are 2,000 on my street alone,” he laughed. “But you have to license them, and this makes it easier.”
Councilman Jonathan Schneider said it is important for the town to keep up with 21st-century technology.
“They can pay their tax bills online and now [dog licenses],” he said. “So, we are catching up with the times.”