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Discover Jacksonville 2017

WELCOME Your pets as

WELCOME Your pets as citizens Here’s how to make certain that your animals meet code-enforcement specifications. BAKER COUNTY • Rabies vaccination required for dogs, cats and ferrets; rabies tag display required. Leash law for all but cats; must be contained by leash or carrier outside personal property. • Animal control (adoptions): 904-259-6786 CLAY COUNTY • Dogs must be contained and not allowed to run at large. • Food, water and shelter must be provided to any domestic animal. • Cats can roam at will; however, the cat cannot become a nuisance to anyone. • Dogs or cats four months or older shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. • A current rabies tag must be attached to the animal’s collar, which shall be worn by the animal at all times. • Evidence of vaccination shall consist of Rabies Vaccination and License Certificate signed by the veterinarian administering the vaccination. • Animal care and control: 904-269- 6342, claycountygov.com • Humane society (animal clinic; no adoptions): 904-276-7729, clayhumane.org DUVAL COUNTY • All city of Jacksonville resident dogs, cats and ferrets are required to have rabies vaccinations on an annual basis. At the time of inoculation, the veterinarian is required to either sell the City of Jacksonville Rabies Tag or provide the owner with the paperwork to purchase the tag from the Tax Collector. The license fee for an animal in the city of Jacksonville is $20 annually. Fees for registration in 18 | 2017 DISCOVER JACKSONVILLE First Coast No More Homeless Pets holds Mega Pet Adoption events throughout the year so animals like Rachel, a pit/Boston terrier mix, can find a loving home. (Bruce Lipsky/Florida Times-Union) the city of Jacksonville are provided at no cost for up to three animals per household to owners who are: 62 or older, legally blind or 100 percent disabled. • Yearly rabies vaccination required for dogs, cats and ferrets. • Leash law; no dog or cat is allowed to be at large. • Animal Care and Protective Services: 904-630-CITY(2489), coj.net • Jacksonville Humane Society: 904- 725-8766, jaxhumane.org NASSAU COUNTY • Licenses required for dogs and cats renewed annually at Nassau County Animal Control (904-491-7440); proof of rabies vaccination required. Licenses: $10 per altered dog/cat, $23 non-altered. City of Fernandina Beach only: Licenses: $5 per altered dog/cat, $100 non-altered; verification of sterilization required. • Rabies vaccination required for dogs and cats; rabies tag display required. • Leash law for dogs only; must be contained by leash or carrier when not on personal property • Humane society (adoptions): 904-321-1647, nassauhumanesociety. com ST. JOHNS COUNTY • Owners of cats and/or dogs within the city of St. Augustine are required to register their pets annually with the city. To register an animal, the owner need only present current rabies certificate for each cat and/or dog, provide some descriptive information about the animal (i.e. name, breed, color and sex) and pay the annual registration fee. Fee: male $3, female (spayed) $3 and female (unsprayed) $5. Upon registration, the owner will be provided with an information tag that must be attached to the animal’s collar. Animals may be registered Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Customer Service Division: 50 Bridge Street, St. Augustine. • Rabies vaccination required for dogs, cats and ferrets; rabies tag display required. • Leash law for dogs and cats. • Animal control: 904-209-0746 • Humane society (adoptions): 904-829-2737, staugustinehumanesociety.org MORE RESOURCES • Jax Animals: jaxanimals.com • B.E.A.K.S (Bird Emergency Air & Kare Sanctuary): 904-251-BIRD(2473), beaksbirdkare.org • HAWKE (Human Association of Wildlife Care and Education): 904-692-1777, hawkewildlife.org

WELCOME First things first: Start here Living in Florida definitely has its perks. The state has no state income tax, a $25,000 homestead exemption and affordable housing. GENERAL INFORMATION What you’ll be asked to provide: Utilities and other service providers require driver’s license and Social Security numbers, new and old addresses, home and work phone numbers and employer’s name. Some require applications be made in person with a photo ID. Others allow startups by phone or have applications online. Voter registration: You can apply to register to vote at any time, but to vote in an election, you must be registered in your county by the registration closing date, normally 29 days before each election. You can visit county election offices to register, or start the process online at dos.myflorida.com/elections. Florida has a motor-voter law, which means you may register to vote when you receive a driver’s license or identification card. Florida is a closed primary state. If you wish to vote in a partisan primary election, you must be a registered voter in the party for which the primary is being held. All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, can vote on issues and nonpartisan candidates in a primary election. This is why it is important to indicate your preferred party affiliation at the time you register. If you leave the field blank on the registration form, you will be registered without party affiliation. To be able to register to vote in Florida, you must meet the following requirements: You must be a U.S. citizen, a Florida resident, and at least 18 years old (you can pre-register to vote at 16 years old, but you’ll need to wait until you’re 18 years old to vote). Also, you must never have been convicted of a felony (unless your civil rights have been restored), and never been legally judged ineligible to vote, for either mental incapacitation or crime. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; bring your signed voter card and a picture identification card. Early voting is also available. Polling places are normally less busy during the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Property taxes: All First Coast counties offer discounts for property taxes paid early: 4 percent if paid in November; 3 percent if paid in December; 2 percent if paid in January; and 1 percent if paid in February. Taxes become delinquent April 1st of each year at which time a 3 percent penalty plus additional fees are added to the bill. Pursuant to Florida Statutes, Chapter 197, if taxes remain unpaid, a tax certificate may be sold on the property and possibly be auctioned at a future date. Homestead exemption: Most Florida residents qualify for a $25,000 property tax exemption, which means $25,000 is deducted from the assessed value for taxes of a qualified primary residence. First-time applicants should supply a Social Security number, proof of residency (such as voter’s registration or driver’s license) and evidence of home Many Florida counties offer early voting. (Gary McCullough/Florida Times-Union) 2017 DISCOVER JACKSONVILLE | 19