Amid the gloom and doom of the budget, the cutting, the slashing, the tax increases and fee increases, I have found one tiny bit of brightness.
The city’s website highlights a piece of information previously unknown to the paying public — people who pay their parking by phone will no longer be charged the obnoxious 30-cent fee to do so.
As someone who always pays by phone, the fee bugged me a lot. I’m actually SAVING them money by not wearing out their machine with coins. And it’s something I’ve never seen in other cities that have non-coin-payment methods.
I checked out why the sudden generosity ,and communications officer Wendy Stewart said it was just a break the city decided to give parkers since they’re jacking up the parking rates skyhigh and extending the hours to the ridiculous time of 10 p.m. (Okay, she didn’t say that last part but I know she was thinking it.)