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Published: Tuesday, June 12 2012 6:31 p.m. MDT

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VST
Bountiful, UT

I have a news flash for the Salt Lake City Council and Mayor Ralph Becker.

By their action, I will no longer be parking nor shopping in Salt Lake City in the future. I refuse to subsidize their runaway spending habits with either my sale taxes for purchases within their city or their increased parking fees.

I will simply take my business elsewhere.

UTAH Bill
Salt Lake City, UT

Shopping downtown is just not worth the hassle.

funkonaut
Salt Lake City, UT

Ugh, more taxes from Democrats. When are they going to learn that to reduce the budget you need to make cuts, not charge people more taxes? It's like a family that spends too much that refuses to cut back on their spending so they just get another credit card to keep on spending. Eventually the credit card companies say enough is enough. Time for us to tell our government enough already!

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Well, Mayor Becker, youjust convinced me that there is no real need for me to bother to drive downtown to spend my money.

I think I rather shop on line and make a store in some other state wealthy instead of put up with the hassle of parking garages, expensive meters, etc.

Enjoy your green city, but you'll have to do it without me or my money.

And, for the fine stores, restaurants, and service providers stuck downtown--- you may want to check out the vibrant business areas outside the downtown area. Check their insurance and crime statistics too, and ease of access for your customers. See ya soon in your new locations.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

The left-wing leaders of Salt lake City have no concept of economics. This deplorable action will drive shoppers away from SLC completely. When no one goes to SLC to shop, revenues will plummet.

What is worse, and the DNews' failure to mention it is unconscionable, is SLC's plan to use parking fees to re-victimize crime victims. Historically, victims have been allowed to park for free when they testify in court. However, SLC has stated that it will no longer honor the parking placards that the DA's office provides victims. Thus, victims must now pay for parking in order to see that justice is served. This is disgusting.

How will Mayor Becker explain to victims and their families that SLC cares more about parking revenue than it does about people who have been victimized? We are all waiting . . . .

tabuno
Clearfield, UT

This top down changing of public parking culture is likely to fail. Utah remains a largely desert and rural state with pockets of urban sprawl. No longer can Salt Lake City dictate how Utahns are going to live. Provo, Ogden, especially Sandy are in the running for providing cultural amenities sufficient that Utahns will likely stay away from Salt Lake City instead of being forced into private for profit confining, difficult to maneuver concrete parking structures. With free UTA bus service likely to be terminating, increased parking meter fees can only drive away customers and lower local sales tax revenue with decreasing business, and continuing to make the Capital City a more uncomfortable place to visit. Salt Lake City is becoming the city for the elite rich.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

It's a joke that the Council is discussing how to raise the costs on downtown parking, when at the same time seeking to keep the "free-fare" zone with the buses so that the "poor, homeless and needy" have some transporation for 12 city block area; and that somehow it's the poor and homeless that keep downtown business running.

Here's a news flash. End the free bus fare, since the homeless, poor etc do not contribute nor do they purchase from down town businesses. Second increase bus and trax fees to cover their own costs and reduce how much we subsidize. Third decrease the cost of parking downtown, that will attract people who want to spend money on items they can eat or take home, rather than feeding the city coffers of whom they are already taxed enough by.

These are hard choices for democrats to make. To actually ask someone to pay for their own bus fare or walk six city blocks on their own.....

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

I love shopping online even more today. No gas, no downtown SLC parking fees, no sales tax. And you can get free shipping from almost every online retailer now.

Is this what you want, SLC government? Because it's what you're getting...

Lonster
Sandy, UT

As hard as I try, I can think of exactly zero reasons to make the trip to SLC to do most anything. Now with the "improvements" in parking and metering, I can now think of exactly Minus 2 reasons.

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