The Green Tag Program works well in its current form. The proposed changes are costly and complex, and they disproportionately target the single user group of dogs and dog guardians. The proposed changes are arbitrary and unreasonably punitive. They are not based upon either sound science or unbiased observations of dog behavior.
a) OSMP is proposing changes to the Green Tag Program that will result in loss of Green Tag privileges for only one offense of chasing wildlife. This could even include chasing a squirrel into a tree. No other user group faces loss of privileges for any offenses, let alone a single offense.
b) OSMP is proposing annual renewal of the Green Tag, with annual fees. No other user group must pay annual fees to enjoy the Open Space already funded by their tax dollars.
c) OSMP is proposing higher fines for offenses.
d) OSMP’s proposals cast a wide net that will entrap many innocent dog guardians.
e) The visitor experience of dog guardians risks being diminished, as guardians are targeted by excessive rules, regulations, and penalties.
f) Details of the proposed changes can be found at the link below.
Attachment A on page 9 of this document offers a more concise summary of these complex proposals.