Salt Lake City considers charging more, extending hours for metered parking

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  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 9, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    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?

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    May 9, 2012 12:36 p.m.

    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.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    May 9, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 9, 2012 10:10 a.m.

    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.

  • Peter Coyotl West Jordan, UT
    May 9, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    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.

  • MAYHEM MIKE Salt Lake City, UT
    May 9, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    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.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    May 9, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    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.

  • SME Kearns, UT
    May 9, 2012 6:33 a.m.

    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?