When I first moved here to Wisconsin I got in the mail from the township that I lived in, that I needed to let the township know how many dogs that I had. I ignored it, tossed that in the trash and then when taxes rolled around, they added five dollars to my taxes as they found out that I had a dog.
The next two years I paid my five bucks for having a dog. This year, when the card came in the mail, I tossed that in the trash as Abby had died and I no longer have a dog.
On Saturday, a man drives up to my house, gets out and Maggie, T.J.'s dog, starts to bark. This man, without telling me who he was, started to ask, who's dog? How long has the dog been here? How long will the dog be here? Was there any other dogs? I was kind of surprised but said that the dog has been here for about a month and then T.J. says that the dog was his and that he lives in Anyplace WI.
The guy kind of smirked and started to leave, and that's when I asked him who he was. That's when he told me that he worked for the Township that I live in and was taking the dog survey.
Remember, I live way rural, I don't live in, or near any towns, I'm really bugged that on a late Saturday afternoon, some stranger, who does not identify himself, was out asking questions about what and how many dogs lived here.
I know, five bucks is not much, but it's the principle of it. Really, a dog tax? What next? A chicken tax?
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