Brilliant Move Seattle…NOT!
I was just watching the national news when a story on downtown Seattle parking aired…apparently in an attempt to raise more revenue, the city of Seattle has waged war on motorists and are issuing a record number of parking tickets.
Over a 100% increase in tickets have been issued over the previous year and parking fees are second only to Chicago as the highest in the nation. In addition, Seattle is taking out roads to make dedicated bike lanes in an attempt to get more people out of their cars and onto a bike…mind you, this is one of the rainiest cities in the country.
Increased downtown development, fewer places to park equals a financial disaster in the making. Once again the infinite wisdom of government fails…by continuing to tax the citizenry you actually stifle revenue. Who wants to patron downtown Seattle if they have to pay exorbitant parking fees and risk massive parking fines? Business will continue to struggle, which means less tax dollars for government coffers. Brilliant move Seattle (Sierra Club) leaders!
Note: Several hours after writing this post I was flipping through the channels and ran into a T.V. show called, “Parking Wars” on A&E…this issue is so bad, they now have a reality show about it. Just when I thought I’d seen everything.