A pet owner could have her property tax bill tripled or more by opening her home to her pet.
That’s the plan for a new project by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEP).
“The Department of Financial Opportunity is offering a new mortgage loan that would allow people to open their new homes to their beloved pets for up to $5,000 per year, per pet,” DEP spokeswoman Joanne DeStefano said in a statement to Fox News.
“This is a new opportunity for pet owners to open a home for their pets.”
The $5 million grant, which is being funded through the state Department of Transportation, will allow pets to be used as temporary residence in an existing home or business.
The pet owner will still be responsible for property taxes.
The $5-million pet project is part of the Department of Fiscal Affairs’ effort to create an economic stimulus for Florida.
DeSteffano said the department will also work with local governments and other stakeholders to create more incentive programs to encourage pet ownership.
“I think this is the beginning of a new approach for the Florida economy,” DeStefi said.
“The state of Florida is a state of the future and this is going to make us look good for the future.”
Florida will be the first state in the country to approve a pet-owner-approved program.
The Florida House approved the pet project last week and Gov.
Rick Scott signed it into law on Tuesday.
The measure takes effect July 1.