Written by The Wolf Point Herald
The Montana departments of Livestock and Revenue are reminding livestock owners that it’s time to pay per capita fees.
Bills were sent out by the DOR on Nov. 1 and are due Nov. 30.
Authorized by Montana Code Annotated 15-24-921, per capita fees are per-head fees assessed on “all poultry and bees, all swine three months of age or older, and all other livestock nine months of age or older.” Other livestock includes cattle, sheep, poultry, goats, horses, mules, asses, llamas, alpacas, domestic bison, ostriches, rheas and emus and domestic ungulates.
The user-generated fees account for roughly one-third of MDOL’s operational budget, and will generate $3.15 million in FY2013.
Per capita fees are unique in that livestock owners are responsible for “self-reporting” livestock owned to DOR, which bills and collects the fees for MDOL. A self-reporting form is distributed in January of each year to livestock owners to report the number of livestock owned as of Feb. 1. The completed form is then returned to the local DOR Property Assessment office by Feb. 15. If you do not receive a reporting form in January, contact your local DOR office to request a form.
Everyone benefits from programs funded by per capita fees. PCFs are used for animal health programs, brands enforcement, theft investigation and recovery, predator control and other department operations. Additionally, the general public benefits from programs designed to prevent the spread of animal diseases to humans.
Nonpayment of the per capita fee can result in interest charged on the unpaid balance, which can result in continued collection efforts. Livestock owners who have not paid per capita fees can contact their local DOR office to report the number of livestock they own.
For additional information on per capita fees, contact MDOL’s public information officer at 406-444-9431.