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Posted at 4:46 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Sources: Fenty might propose doubling residential parking fees

By Tim Craig

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) may propose doubling residential parking permit fees as he attempts to close a $185 million budget shortfall before he leaves office Jan. 2, according to administration officials.

Fenty is currently crafting his plan to close a shortfall in the current year's budget, which recently ballooned from $175 million to $185 million, so the council can review it before it adjourns in late December.

Although many expected Fenty's proposal would be released this week, administration officials now say they now do not expect it to be completed until early next week. The reason, officials say, is the mayor and City Administrator Neil Albert are still trying to finding a few extra million dollars in savings. They asked to remain anonymous because they are not authorized to discuss the issue publicly.

The mayor plans to achieve most of the savings through spending reductions, officials say. But the administration is also eying some revenue increases, including an increase in residential parking fees.

Currently, District car owners pay $15 annually to receive a permit sticker allowing them to park in their neighborhood without having to adhere to time limits. In addition to raising an undisclosed amount of money, increasing the fee to $30 could further the Fenty administration' goal of encouraging more residents to embrace mass transit.

Last year, Fenty proposed raising the fee to $25, but the council did not include it in their final version of the budget, according to council staffers. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, said he would be open to discussing a possible increase this year. But with Fenty's proposal still being refined, officials caution it's still not certain whether the final budget document will call for the increase.

By Tim Craig  | November 18, 2010; 4:46 PM ET
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Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is an idiot. I look forward to his leaving political office. Hopefully, he will disappear out of the public's eye forever.

Posted by: CaptainKangaroo | November 18, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I think it's a good idea. I can afford it, and it should open up a few more street parking spaces.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | November 18, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

About freaking time. Still waaay underpriced.

Posted by: janowicki | November 18, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Your anonymous sources are staff to Vince Gray. Neither Fenty nor OCFO leak these details in advance, and there's no reason for them to start now. Now that Gray's transition staff is privy to sensitive info for which they can pretend they aren't responsible, they leak it straight to the Post, trying to blame the bad news on the guy going out the door.

Gray, of course, will get indignant when others start doing this stuff to him.

Posted by: hungrypug | November 18, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't support this RPP rate increase. Adrian Fenty is one of the worse mayor's in the District's history.

Posted by: RockCreekPark | November 18, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Here's an easy way to raise some revenues: require that cyclists have a license for operation of a bicycle and display a license tag. Charge a low fee of $10 or $15 for both the tag and the license. There's enough of them on the roads to justify that. Also, DC is spending oodles of money for bike lanes, bike sharing, etc., etc. Let the cyclists pay for these amenities, just like motorists pay for their amenities.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | November 19, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

I have two RPPs, so this change would cost me more money, but I still think it's a good idea. Why? It's too hard to find parking in my neighborhood. If you raise the charge for an RPP (and do more to enforce the rules -- ticket the VA and MD cars that park all day) then it'll be easier to find a space. That would easily be worth the extra cost for the RPP.

Posted by: robwilli | November 19, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

A $15 increase is not going to lead to more open parking spaces in any neighborhood. People will just pay up and continue to park on the streets. Where else are they going to park?

Posted by: red_hawk1968 | November 19, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: hungrypug

yes because the Washington Post is a very good friend of Vince Gray's.

Did you bump your head.

If the Fenty administration didn't want this out it would not be out--they are the ones with closer ties to the Post. It is probably a test strand. And I am not oppose to it given our budget mess. But should he try to raise individual meters that is a market competition issue and I am oppose to that.

Posted by: CultureClub | November 19, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I am not opposed to the fee increase. I would like to see some consistent reidential parking enforcement so that the permit fulfills its intended purpose, especially in neighborhoods that border MD.

Posted by: logosdesigns | November 19, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Sources tell me that Gray is pissed off that he looks like a mayoral version of Sen. Roland Burris.

Posted by: politicalrealist | November 19, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

PR: Still bitter. So sad.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | November 19, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

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