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Under Fenty's budget, you would pay more to park

As part of the proposed budget that D.C Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is unveiling this morning, the city would increase parking meter rates and residential parking permit fees, City Administrator Neil O. Albert said.

Applications for residential parking permits would increase from $15 to $25.

Parking meter rates in some areas would also from 75 cents to $1 an hour.
The increase does not appear as if it will impact downtown parking rates, where it already costs up to $2 an hour to park. Those rates increased last year.

Fenty continues to brief the council on his proposed budget, which also includes an increase in the 911 fee, a 1 percent tax on hospitals, more spending on education and reductions in the city workforce.

-- Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 1, 2010; 10:57 AM ET
Categories:  Budget , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Tim Craig  
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When you require residents to purchase a permit to park then you raise the fee on that permit, that is nothing more than a clever way to increase taxes, while not 'calling' it a tax. Just like the "bag fee". And, you can bet your bottom dollar that that hospital tax is going to be transferred on to the patient. Again, mostly local residents. Fenty violated his promise not to raise taxes in previous budget years with "fee increases" across the board.

He proposes an increase for business licenses, when small business, the meat an butter of the American economy, are getting crushed in this recessionary environment.

We need a new budget proposal, better yet, we need a new Mayor to go along with the new budget proposal.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | April 1, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

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