monopoly_money.jpgIn an effort to right a $79.7 million budget deficit, the SFMTA is pondering a “parking stall” fee for businesses who offer the often sought after free parking spaces that sparsely dot the city.

As the Ex reports, local businesses would be charged $1,000 annually for each spot in their free parking lots. Such a fee applied to the 30,000 spaces the MTA estimates we have in places like Stonestown, and grocery and drug stores, could generate $30 million annually for the SFMTA, they say.

Understandably, the proposal has been met with resistance from local businesses. Safeway spokeswoman Susan Houghton says on the proposal that “this is not something we would support — on any level.”

If the SFMTA moves forward with the plan, it would have to be approved by a two-thirds majority of voters in an election as soon as next June.

So, what do you think?


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  • mikesonn

    Free parking has never really been free. I’m too lazy on this Monday morning to ink out a whole argument. Really, this is bad policy because the cost of the parking will be put on all the customers. Hopefully, most businesses will begin to charge only those that drive, but most likely the products/services will become more expensive. Once again allowing the private auto driving segment of the population to push their true cost of ownership off onto society and those of us who don’t drive.

  • mikesonn

    Free parking has never really been free. I’m too lazy on this Monday morning to ink out a whole argument. Really, this is bad policy because the cost of the parking will be put on all the customers. Hopefully, most businesses will begin to charge only those that drive, but most likely the products/services will become more expensive. Once again allowing the private auto driving segment of the population to push their true cost of ownership off onto society and those of us who don’t drive.