Aluminum tariff effects hit Dane County in the form of dog tags

Dog owners will need to pay more for registration
Aluminum tariff effects hit Dane County in the form of dog tags

The Dane County Clerk said the county is spending more money than usual on dog tags as a result of President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum.

“If we had stuck with the same company it went from $1,500 to $4,000,” said Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell.

Dane County buys dog tags in bulk to give to municipalities for registered dog owners each year.

McDonell said they were able to find a company to make the tags for $2,200, still a $700 increase from last year. He said companies increased their prices by 50 to 60 percent, causing an issue for many counties in Wisconsin.

“You get this sticker shock but then you start thinking, ‘How many other products is this going to affect?’ How many things do we use aluminum or steel for?'” said McDonell. “It’s one of the many ways you’ll see little price increases all over the place from these tariffs.”

We’re expected to see price increases on big products with metal materials, such as cars and appliances. McDonell said the price raise on dog tags is one of the most obvious, since they’re made of pure aluminum.

“One would think it would hit the big items like a construction machine or something like that, but to already be hitting these really small items like dog tags is a bit shocking to me,” said dog owner Jessica McQueston.

Dane County residents will have to pay a little more to register their dogs because of this.

“It is a little disappointing that as dog owners we have to kind of eat this cost, but at the same time I understand that the city shouldn’t be expected to take on all these extra costs and taxes shouldn’t be affected because of it,” said McQueston.

In Madison, it is currently $15 to register a dog or cat who is spayed or neutered. It is $20 if they are not. McDonell said the increase to the registration price will be small.

“I’ll be curious to see the county buy squad cars for the deputies. I mean there’s other larger things that we buy too. This is just where it’s so obvious in one place,” said McDonell.