Parking should always be about insuring access to something, whether an amenity or business. I oppose parking control for revenue generation. A program, when the time comes, should pay for itself, but not become a tax on business. The post linked below was originally from 2011. With a city commission presentation and discussion tonight (8/29/2017), I remembered the approach by one town and a view I felt deserved consideration. It is all about the access and providing what business or the public needs to ensure access. Anything else is just an added tax.
……….I’m not trying to open a parking meter debate. I’m pointing out the way a town partnered with business and something unique, in my opinion. This town is assisting business, not taxing the merchant as a revenue stream. This assistance or partnership, if I am correct, is a subtle difference in approach to government. Partnering does more than taxation.
As towns implement parking meters, I think the danger is in forgetting the original purpose. Parking provides a spot to park vehicles in order to access something. The access might be for business or a public park or some other amenity. The purpose of meters should always be to preserve access, but never, in my opinion, to generate additional revenue. Look at some of the comments in another city, considering extending hours until 10PM. The creeping potential and lure of using meters for a profit is something I dislike. If Fernandina determines meters are eventually needed, we should do everything possible to hard-code the original purpose into an ordinance and everything possible to remind future commissions of that purpose….access, not revenue!
The city’s 1,525 parking meters cost $1 an hour from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and bring in about $4.6 million a year to the city’s general fund.
By comparison, Boston’s meters cost $1.25 an hour and operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and meters in Burlington, Vermont, cost $1 an hour and operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
“We’re from Portsmouth (New Hampshire) and I could see having to pay until 7 or something like that, but till 9 p.m.? I think that’s really pushing it for tourists to ask them to pay that late,” said Kirsten Moskowitz, who was parking Thursday night on Exchange Street.
Source: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/01/group-asks-portland-council-to-consider-extending-parking-meter-hours-until-9-p-m/ 8/29/2017