New parking system causing big problems for small business

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  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 2:14 p.m.

    My experience with the 'robber baron" came when trying to find out how to use it. I paid for what was 30 min.
    I needed at least an hour of time and I was parked too far away to make that walk twice with a cane.
    I ended up paying for the same 30 min plus a second. In other words, you cannot add
    to the time you have already paid for.
    I'm putting a Post-it in my car and the next time, I'll going to leave a note telling the next poor soul how much time is left on the meter so they can use it. It might be sufficient for their errand. Trust a Democrat to find a way to cheat you and of course cause businesses to suffer even more than they already do under the present Washington administration. This is the distribution of the wealth. In my case, the retiree to the free loaders.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    Does SLC want to chase away business and customers and have a dying downtown, or promote a vibrant community?

    The high-hassle parking kiosks are just one more reason to not go downtown. There are plenty of businesses with FREE parking in surrounding communities.

    SLC really needs to do a comprehensive review of their parking policies.

    Is street parking a convenience that promotes economic activity for business and residents, or a cash cow to be milked until it runs dry?

    What are the true costs and benefits of charging for street parking? What are the costs for meters, maintenance, collection of money, enforcement staff, court and administrative cost for fines and the administrative costs for all bureaucrats connected in any way to paid parking? Compare those to the actual revenue from paid street parking.

    Would free parking encourage more economic activity (store rentals, sales tax, property tax) which would offset any loss from parking fees?

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Oct. 7, 2012 4:24 a.m.

    The problem is more serious than shop owners are yet to realize. A small business profit margin may be only 10-15% of gross sales and a lost of all their profit leaves very little to pay property taxes and overhead.

    If the city can afford to hand out free bus and train rides to its half million resident foreign nationals and tourist then I'm sure the city can afford free parking zones to help their small business. Unless a business has off street parking they will not be able to sustain even the slights loss of customers and revenue.

    The downtown city is trying to make up losses from free bus and train service by penalizing people who want to shop there, but as usual the downtown is creating a reverse affect to eliminates all shoppers in this city. SLC doesn't have enough permanent resident tax payers to sustain its new and recent course of actions and will soon look like down town Detroit and Dayton, barren and empty.

    Semi annual temple visitors are not enough to sustain there new Mall and may soon become a casualty of the ALEC corp of politicians taking over state governments.

  • bombsquadron6 South Salt Lake, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    The arrogance of the Becker administation is neverending. Those kiosks are a pain in the butt for those who just need to run into a business for a few minutes as most of the patrons of this shop probably do. Besides, I'm sure that Salt Lake City makes far more on parking tickets than on revenue from the meters, meaning they WANT you to get a ticket. The only solution, although it hurts small businesses that don't necessarily support Becker's administration, is to shop outside of Salt Lake City. Vote with your wallets and go to stores in cities that don't have such obnoxious policies or mayors.