AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch judges who ruled that taxing dog owners is discriminatory were apparently barking up the wrong tree.
The Netherlands' Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower court's decision that the southern municipality of Sittard-Geleen illegally discriminated against owners of man's best friend by levying a dog tax.
Opponents of the tax argued it was unfair to levy fees on them as opposed to people who don't own dogs because the money raised goes into the general budget of municipalities.
But the Supreme Court says municipalities are entitled to tax dog ownership because they have to pick up the bill for keeping public parks and streets clean.
Government statistics show dog taxes raise well over 50 million euros ($68 million) a year total for the Dutch municipalities with such levies.
If the fee was enacted as planned in the New Starts application, the expected $555 million in revenue would almost double the amount of taxes and fees motorists currently pay to the state through gas taxes
Ronald Nored, guard for the Butler University basketball teams that went to back-to-back Final Fours in the NCAA Tournament, has already landed his first coaching gig. The former Bulldog will lead the Brownsburg High School Bulldogs.
The university announced Blue III, also known as Trip, on Thursday. He was born Dec. 23 in Indiana. The university's current live mascot, Blue II, remains with the school.