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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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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