ACTION ITEM: Natl. Park Service proposes $300 annual fee (tax) on pro dog walkers plus $75 application fee - Your comments needed! (Due April 14)

As reported by the SF Examiner (March 17, 2014, page 5), "Dog walkers in San Francisco and Marin counties may soon need a permit for handling four or more canines in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area." The article goes on to state that:

"The annual permit cost would be $75 for the application and $300 per person for a nontransferable badge, which dog walkers would have to display. Applicants would also be required to submit a business license as well as proof of dog-handling training and liability insurance."

  The text of this statist proposal can be viewed at http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?parkID=303&projectID=46523. Clearly it is an attempted confiscatory taking that bears no relation to any actual costs created by these dog walkers, and is plain and simply government greed. Please write to them before April 14 and let them know you object to this attempt to seize more money for government at the public's expense! You can comment online at:

http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=58094

  The letter I sent there appears below. My remarks in that letter about making my comments public are in reference to the following language that appears on the comment page:

We welcome your comments on this project.
The comment period closes on 04/14/2014 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time.

Before including your address, telephone number, electronic mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, you should be aware that your entire comment (including your personal identifying information) may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us to withhold your personally identifiable information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

  I also refer to an NPS comment that calls their proposal "necessary" -- that language can be viewed at http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=303&projectID=46523&documentID=58094.

  Here's the text of the letter I sent:

The comment webform will accept pseudonyms and does not require a street address.