So the city wants more money for the government and they're going to hurt
small businesses to get it.Can you tell SLC is run by Democrats?
I'm with the other conservatives here today (shocker, I know).I
guess I'll take my business elsewhere. I don't really need to go
downtown SLC to complete my business, I can do it anywhere really. Now I have a
valid reason to not go there.
Salt Lake City already has a reputation as a city where the parking is a
problem. The one bright spot has always been that the meters were free after 6.
Sure, you might have to look around a little to find an open space, but the
savvy always knew where the open spaces were, and with the free fare zone it
wasn't a problem to get around on Trax from wherever you parked.Now Salt Lake wants to put on their "Big Boy Pants" (Translation: We
need more revenue, suckers!) at the expense of the small business owner. Next
time you hear Mayor Becker and his staff talk about 'Revitalizing Main
Street', remember this day.
Some years back West Valley City initiated the despised Photo Cop traffic
enforcement program. They said it was to save lives. It's actual purpose
was to generate additional revenue. Likewise, the new parking meter hours and
fees proposal has only one purpose.
I can understand the concept of parking meters as a tool utilized to maximize
parking opportunities for downtown visitors. But they no longer serve as a means
to control parking spots. The city has become dependent on the source of revenue
of parking meters and parking violations. It now discourages potential shoppers
from visiting downtown unless they get there via trax.
As an attorney, I finally understand how to get clients to spend more time with
me: Simply put parking meters in my otherwise-free parking lot and charge them a
little more for the "privilege" of meeting with me. Or, unlike downtown
Salt Lake, I could continue to do the most "business smart" thing and
make it as affordable and convenient for them to visit by continuing to give
them free parking.
Time to put on "Big Boy Pants"? That's the most idiotic statement
that I've heard in years. I guess Becker and his minions don't want
anyone to come to Salt Lake City any more. First the ridiculous anti-idling
ordinance, and now revenue enhancement by parking meter. What next, a tax for
driving on the roads in Salt Lake? Or maybe a walking on the sidewalk tax? We
need more conservatives to move into Salt Lake City and take back the government
and bring back some sanity to local government.
Politicians making claims about how much money a new tax will raise always
assume that people will not change their behavior due to the new taxes. That is
rarely the case, I will be very surprised if Salt Lake City makes an additional
1.6 million dollars as a result of this increase.Interesting that
the city claims it's making this change for the benefit of local
businesses, yet the only business owners quoted were concerned the change would
hurt their business. Did the politicians consult with any business owners on
this action to "help" them? Or is that claim just a cover for an attempt
to raise more revenue?