By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s city controller says millions of dollars in dog license fees are uncollected by the city.

If you own a dog in Philadelphia, it is required that you pay $16 a year  for a license.  But not everyone is complying, according to city controller Alan Butkovitz, who says the city is losing about $5 million each year in uncollected dog license fees.

“It’s like losing almost five million dollars,” Butkovitz tells KYW Newsradio.  “It’s only collecting $170,000 out of a potential five million, so that means four million, 830-thousand dollars is not being collected.”

He says the figures in his monthly economic report indicate less than five percent of the city’s estimated 350,000 dogs have a current license.  He thinks the compliance rate is about 20 percent statewide.

“Philadelphia has a problem of enforcement of all kind of back taxes, fees, fines,” he says.  “This falls into a general pattern.”

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