Kind of funny reading this comment on CLSB. Should the company provide freebies? A contract was signed, the demand is there, it's just business. Yes it sucks for consumers, but the city sold the rights to this revenue source.
Who said anything about freebies? 6.50 an hour to park on a street come on that's unrealistic figuring most pay 9 to 10 hrs it would be cheaper just to let them ticket it for 50 bucks. In the end the rates don't cost me anything i never park on the streets.
Chicago just continues to push out residents and businesses with all their taxes and BS hence why they are broke. Hell if all the residents on the north side moved to the burbs chicago would plunder cause they surely are not collecting a dime from the suburban folks who come here to act the fool nor are they collecting from the shit heads on the west and south sides considering they dont have a pot to piss in.
Ironic how they are raising the rates but yet have over billed the city three times then what the city owes.
The tab the city owes Chicago Parking Meters LLC now stands at $61 million and remains a bomb that can blow up Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed 2013 budget. The Sun-Times reports that Chicago Parking Meters may be trying to soak the city for more than it actually owes.
City officials poring over the bills claim they’ve found $22 million in billing errors, and independent arbitrators are meeting with both sides to figure out how much the city actually owes CPM. It’s not as though Chicago Parking Meters needs the money; they’ve collected over $200 million in revenue since the 75-year deal hammered through by former Mayor Richard M. Daley went into effect in 2008. Parking rates in the Loop are set to increase further in January to $6.50 from the current $5.75, which will be another shock to people who choose to drive instead of take CTA.
The central issue in the dispute over how much the city owes CPM is who should be doing the calculations. The Emanuel administration's position on this is the city should be determining how much is owed for the unused meters. Yet according to the Reader’s Mick Dumke, the city is backing CPM in a 2009 lawsuit filed on behalf of the public interest group IVI-IPO that the parking meter deal illegally privatizes the government’s ability to set parking and traffic policy. In short: The city is arguing in favor of the deal in court even as Emanuel says publicly he’s looking for ways to keep the bills down.
Judge Richard J. Billik Jr. ruled in favor of CPM and the city, citing the $1.2 billion paid to the city up front as part of the deal and claiming citizens weren’t harmed by it. Never mind parking rates in the Loop will more than double what they were in 2008 in a month.
1. Driving is a privilege, not a right
2. you DO have representation: your alderman. Take it up with them.
4. if you can afford to park in an area for $20/hour, then go for it. But yes, it should be about demand and supply; eventually, the costs will be too great for the average citizen to handle and they'll either resort to using 'runners' while someone waits in the car (either parked illegally for free; or else driving around and causing congestion in that area), or worse; just not patronize that business anymore or that neighborhood anymore.
and, don't even get me started on 'Parking Permits' for neighborhoods; what a pain in the ass those things are.
TAKE IT UP WITH THE ALDERMAN LMFAO
They are on the take and cant even follow their own rules hence why they ARE PISSED at the IG for requesting their times sheets for a investigation. LOL why would it be a issue if they are legit
Id love to have parking permits in my area then it wouldn't be over whelmed but suburban folks parking on the residential streets just to hit the bars, would stop the random destruction of property caused by them etc etc the list is long