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  • Don't Park Here
    March 20, 2012 - 01:50

    Increasing parking fines is an underhanded tax grab, that's a stretch!! Let's be real here, if you don't want to pay a fine pay for your parking like the rest of us law abiding citizens do. And I have ZERO sympathy for anyone who parks in a disabled parking space when they aren't disabled. If they could increase the fine for that 100-times they should. So if you don't want to pay the fine don't break the law.

  • Bill
    March 19, 2012 - 11:40

    When the City entered into the partnership agreement about the new spaces in parking garages it had nothing to say about increasing parking fines to pay for the additional debt. The 66.6% increase in parking fines was an underhanded tax grab at a time when the City has a $10 million surplus. But it is typical of the Councillors who currently occupy the chamber.

  • DD
    March 19, 2012 - 11:34

    For openers, stay home!

  • Townie
    March 19, 2012 - 08:44

    Look out Breen is "thinking". This is the guy that voted no to the budget two years ago. And it doesn't help that the writer knows little about the subject except what he is told. Where in the article was there a mention of new areas of taxation, raising electrical fees and parking ticket prices are increases in existing taxes. And what happens when the need for inspections decreases do the fees go down hardly as they now have more employees. The real problem here is the mish-mash of operating and capital expenses and use of both cash basis and accrual accounting. This results in financial statements which are difficult for the professional to understand(see comments on why 2010 f/s were late) and incomprehensible for the average person. When you can double the budget by increasing capital spending significantly, with no increase in operating costs, it is thus hard to hold the line on the yearly budget. This is especially true when councillors engage in massive capital expenditures like drunken sailors which is in part because of cheap borrowing costs. Capital expenditures in the past were segregated from operating expenses because they were one time items. The "new" accounting by combining these expenditures into one statement has made proper control a farse.

  • Ken Collis
    March 19, 2012 - 08:28

    Is a public-private partnership another way of government giving away our money to business? Why not use the money to fix the roads and plow the sidewalks. No one hardly ever gets killed because there is no place to park!!!