In the spirit of showing good faith,
FIDOS is willing to make concessions with some of the OSMP proposals, such
as increased fees, increased fines, and verification of rabies
vaccination. In return, we ask that our concerns and counter-proposals
Listed below are the Green Tag Program
changes that OSMP is proposing.
This list comes from Attachment A of their June 18, 2013 memo as the
final proposals will not be available till Feb 28th, just
four days before the meeting, however, we have been told that the
final proposals will be close to his document.
FIDOS' concessions, concerns, and
alternate proposals are color coded following each proposal.
1) Require all program
participants attend an information session. New program
participants must attend a session before they can register in the
program. During the first calendar year (2014), existing
participants may remain active in the program and will have until
Dec. 31, 2014 to complete the information session. The
information session must be repeated every five years.
FIDOS accepts this proposal.
2) Require proof of current rabies
vaccination for all dogs to be registered in the program.
- City of Boulder residents
are required to provide a valid City of Boulder dog license as
proof of current rabies vaccination.
- Require that all dogs on
OSMP lands display a valid rabies vaccination tag.
FIDOS accepts this
3) Implement the following
education and outreach strategies:
a) Increase outreach and education about
b) Support stakeholder efforts
c) Revise and update the voice and sight
d) Create refresher videos on
requirements, etiquette or issues that will be phased in based on time
e) Use traditional and social media to
provide instructive educational information to participants
f) Provide educational walks for dogs
and dog guardians on a trial basis
g) Improve clarity and information on
h) Distribute palm cards explaining the
i) Increase outreach and education to
visitors without dogs about voice and sight control and what to
j) Consider under specific conditions
and on well-suited OSMP properties, opportunities for special
and sight control training events
k) Encourage dog guardians to become
volunteer Trail Guides and provide additional training for outreach
with a dog
l) Participate in more dog-related
outreach events; consider organizing another "Tag Wag" type
m) Promote information on dog-prohibited
trails and add this information on the OSMP Website
n) Train all staff on the new
regulations for informal educational opportunities
FIDOS accepts this proposal. We believe
that education, outreach, and peer pressure to do the right
thing are the true solutions.
4) Increase fines for Voice and Sight Evidence Tag
Required (B.R.C. 6-13-2) and Dog at Large violations (B.R.C.
6-1-16) to $100 (maximum), $200 (maximum), and $300 (minimum) for
first, second and third or more
convictions respectively. Provide mechanism for
dismissal of tickets for lawful participants who inadvertently failed
to display tag.
The bond amount for dog-related City
Manager's Rule violations
(B.R.C. 8-3-3) will be increased to $100.
Encourage courts to order such additions to fines as
watching the voice and sight video, attending the voice and sight
information session, dog training, and/or demonstration testing for
egregious or repeat dog-related violations consistent with the nature
of the violation. Community service for dog waste violations may be
FIDOS accepts that increased fines and
community service can help to serve as deterrents to committing
offenses among well-informed dog guardians.
5) Revocation of program
privileges will occur after one conviction of the following violations
involving a dog:
Aggressive Animal Prohibited (B.R.C.
Failure to Protect Wildlife (or livestock) (B.R.C. 8-3-5),
Convictions of Aggressive Animal
Prohibited and Failure to Protect Wildlife violations on OSMP and other
lands under the jurisdiction of the City of Boulder will be cause
First, FIDOS opposes loss of Green Tag
privileges for any single offense, other than when physical injury or
As mentioned previously, no other user
group faces loss of open space privileges for committing any offenses
on or off of open space. Dog guardians should not have to face a
double standard. The language of BRC 8-3-5 (Failure to Protect
Wildlife) could easily result in the loss of Green Tag privileges if a
dog would merely chase a squirrel into a tree, or if birds would
fly off at the appearance of a dog (or even people). This blanket
one strike punishment is too extreme.
Second, FIDOS strongly opposes the
provision that one strike of Aggressive Animal Prohibited or Failure
to ProtectWildlife anywhere in the City
of Boulder would cause loss of Green Tag privileges. This
proposal unfairly punishes the residents of Boulder relative to
residents of other communities.
If a Boulder resident's dog flushes a
goose at Viele Lake, this guardian would lose
their Green Tag. Meanwhile, dog guardians living outside of
Boulder city limits face no equal penalty in the areas where they reside.
FIDOS feels that Green Tag penalties should only be applied in
areas where the Green Tag is observed.
6) Revocation of program privileges will
occur after two convictions in two years by a single guardian.
The following violations apply:
Dog at Large (B.R.C. 6-1-16) except for
voice and sight control violations where the guardian doesn't possess a
Violations of City Manager's Rule (B.R.C. 8-3-3) involving
wildlife protection and a dog being off leash.
Revocation of program privileges applies
to the preceding violations on all OSMP lands and other City of
Boulder properties where voice and sight privileges are
FIDOS opposes 2 strikes in 2 years as a
punishment resulting in loss of the Green Tag. Again, climbers do not
lose open space privileges if they violate a seasonal raptor
closure, regardless of the number of times they may violate this
rule. Hikers do not lose open space privileges for hiking on
closed trails, or for creating social trails. People do not lose
open space privileges for harassing wildlife while trying to take that
perfect photograph. FIDOS feels that the high cost of the
increased fines is a sufficient deterrent that is consistent relative
to all other user groups. All other user groups face only fines as
7) A guardian with two revocations in
three years or three revocations will lose privileges for a period of
time determined by the courts and may thereafter apply for
FIDOS feels that this rule is an added and
unnecessary complexity to an already complex set of proposals.
8) Require a minimum fine of $300 and a
minimum one-year revocation period for a guardian with revoked
privileges having a dog off leash.
FIDOS accepts this proposal.
9) Program privileges may be reinstated
after successful completion of a reinstatement
process. Reinstatement from revocation must include successful
completion of the voice and sight evaluation test by the revoked
guardian and dog and the retaking of the information session by the
revoked guardian. Reinstatement will include payment of fees for
the voice and sight evaluation test and payment of reinstatement fee.
FIDOS requests further clarification on the
pricing scheme for reinstatement of the Green Tag. We have concerns
that the combined cost of the initial fines, the reinstatement testing,
and the additional information session may make reinstatement of
the Green Tag a cost prohibitive process.
10) The program registration and annual
renewal fees will include a graduated fee structure for residents of
the City of Boulder, residents of Boulder County outside the City
of Boulder, and noncounty residents.
Program registration fees:
- City of Boulder Residents ($13),
- Boulder County residents outside the
City of Boulder ($33),
- Non-Boulder County residents ($75).
The registration fee includes one guardian and one dog;
the fee for each additional guardian in a household is ($5) and the fee
for each additional dog in a household is ($10).
Annual household renewal fee:
- City of Boulder Residents
- Boulder County residents outside
the City of Boulder ($20), and
- Non-Boulder County residents ($30).
The additional guardian and dog
registration fees will be waived for City of Boulder households who
meet income criteria consistent with the City of Boulder Food Tax
Rebate Program or the Parks and Recreation Reduced Rate Program.
FIDOS accepts the increased fees. We
accept the waiver of the additional guardian and dog registration fees
for low income families, although we still have some concern that
the initial program registration fees and the annual renewal fees
may be somewhat prohibitive for low income families.