DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Governor Kasich introduced his new state budget bill, HB 59, on Feb. 12, 2013. The proposal would raise an additional $1.8 billion in state revenues. It would rewrite portions of Ohio's tax code, including making a number of previously exempt services subject to Ohio sales tax.
Veterinary services, except for those provided in agriculture on livestock, would become taxable under the proposal. Currently, only three states in the country impose a sales tax on veterinary services.
Local veterinarians believe adding approximately 5% to the cost of veterinary care would only weaken an already struggling economic condition for these type of services.
"I fear people would no longer be able to afford their pet and bring it to the shelter," said Brian Weltge, who is the President of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. "I would guess we would see more "drop-offs" should this pass."
Weltge also fears fewer owners will have their pet spayed or neutered. According to Consumer Reports, the current cost to spay or neuter a pet generally runs from $65 to $170.
"Some people may go as far as putting their animal to sleep," said Weltge. "If it comes down to that we would rather the owner try to find their pet another home."
Consumer Reports also estimate the average cost of a visit to the vet to run between $93 and $99.
"If this increases I fear people will not take their pet to the vet as often as necessary," said Weltge. "This could also pose a risk to pet owners. Veterinarians often detect diseases that can spread easily from pets to humans."
Vet services would not be the only taxable item. The Governor has also listed tickets to amusement parks and sporting events, as well as legal, consulting, and accounting services to be taxable items. Funerals and downloaded music and books were also on his list.
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Sinclair Community College is closing all campus locations for the day due to the inclement weather.
A listing of events and activities that are closed, canceled or postponed due to the effects of today's Wintry Blast.
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