"But the proposed fee increases and added enforcement of metered parking
during the evening would generate nearly $1.6 million in additional revenue in
fiscal year 2013, city officials said."Charley is probably too
late - city officials have glimpsed (and probably already spent) the new
money.Its so easy and what can the public do about it anyway?
Governments always claim that increases are not a revenue issue. Baloney,
governments are insatiable, it is always a revenue issue.I think the
councilman is correct about the perception of downtown Salt Lake City, parking
is a hassle and its expensive. For a great many people, there is nothing in
downtown that you want badly enough to deal with the hassles.
The $1.6 million estimate is based on the current number of visitors to
downtown. The fallacy is assuming they will continue to see the same number of
visitors. I, for one, will stop shopping downtown if free metered parking after
6 is taken away. So the real amount of increased revenue is going to be less
than the number the city is boasting.At the end of the day, this
won't hurt me - I'll just go somewhere else to shop. The ones who
will really be hurt are the small business owners downtown.Small
business owners bearing the brunt of increased taxation so the government can
fill their coffers....Salt Lake City, this is what happens when you vote
The problem is that if the meter fees are not raised, the small business
employees are those taking up all the free parking. Small businesses are
hurting themselves by not policing their employees. You would be amazed how
many spots open up as those employees leave. That notwithstanding, an
insatiable government will find whatever means necessary to feed itself; trying
all the while to convince us it is good for us that they are here. What would
stop this is if we voted out every politician at every level after their first
term, with no reelection at anytime permitted and kept the doors revolving.
Let's start with this election!
As cost increase I go downtown SLC less and less. I grew up in a city on the
West Coast that wanted to revitalize the downtown. They made it look nicer,
almost like a park with lots of trees and flower beds and benches, and they made
ALL parking free. It worked. It worked so well that the malls had a hard
time.What the Mayor wants will only decrease commerce downtown. I
am always amazed at how government can totally miss this point. If just shows
how out of touch they are.
I too think the enforcement needs to be cutoff at 6 pm, and I'd be fine to
do away with the free parking during the holidays. I think between Frontrunner,
Trax, and the parking garages there are plenty of ways to get around using
street parking. My issue with many of the parking lots/garages is that they
don't have an electronic pay system. Some have upgraded, but many still
require you to shove bills or coins into a tiny slot.
The article validates the thinking "It's not law enforcement, It's
revenue generation that matters".
Just another reason why I never go downtown. Why does SLC think it is the only
place to shop? What is the thrill of going "downtown"? There are
plenty of restaurants and shopping in other cities where parking is free with
less hassle. I have probably not spent more than $30 in the last 5 years
downtown because I avoid the city like the plague.
DO NOT change the current parking arrangements!! Suggestion: Rotate a 30 day
FREE PARKING ZONE throughout the city to see how businesses are impacted.
Why go downtown and get milked out of your money when you can go to other malls
and have a good enough experience?Sit in traffic, fight your way
through one untimed signal after another idling the gas way, then pull up the
meter and get milked again, step on the sidewalk and have 8 beggars tell you
about their broken down car, their need for a bus ticket to get to Idaho, the
broken alternator, or they just need presciptions filled etc. Then get to the
store, pay a slightly higher price, come back to the car get hit up for money
again from beggers, find a ticket on the windshield because you were a minute
late, then go home and open your tax bill, and read how the homeless want you to
pay for their free bus rides in the city.At least this councilman