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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

In Defense of High Parking Meter Rates

By Dennis Byrne
Chicago Daily Observer

Hold on a second; where does it say that you’re entitled to park cheaply on a public street?

You’re not, but that’s the assumption behind all the crabbing about the city’s “obscene” increase in parking meter rates. Put aside questions about the competence of the company now running the meters and whether Mayor Richard M. Daley could have squeezed another billion or so out of the company for the 75-year lease. Also, put aside how badly the company has bollixed the job and questions about whether it was a sweetheart deal.

That’s a lot to put aside, but if your gripe is about what it now costs to park on a street in Chicago, then you’ve lost me. I had thought from the decibel level that you were being asked for an arm and a leg, but then I looked at the rates.

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1 comment:

Josh S said...

Here's the gripe--my income tax dollars, property tax dollars, and sales tax dollars all go (in part) to fund public infrastructure already. In addition, corporate taxes and business licenses (another form of taxes) go toward this as well. Not to mention city tags, residential parking stickers, and aggressive Department of Revenue Ticketing Agents.

We're already paying for this infrastructure. Should we have to pay again for the 'privilege' of turning our cars off next to the curb? A small fee to encourage parking turnover and increase foot traffic is one thing. Paying several dollars for the ability to stop my car for a bit while I spend money (thereby generating more sales tax and corporate tax revenue for the government), seems a steep price.