New York – City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Councilman James Vacca vowed to kibbosh the city’s plan to raise rates on municipal parking rates by as much as 233 percent.
The Department of Transportation’s plans – which the Post reported today – include hiking parking rates in lots that serve areas of the city ravaged by super storm Sandy.
If enacted, the hikes will go into effect in July.
The city already raised rates by 20 percent earlier this year.
That relatively modest hike was supposed to be much higher, but the city pulled back after an outcry from the City Council.
Quinn and Vacca vowed that there will be no more parking price increases.
“As we’ve already made clear when we agreed to allow DOT to raise rates by no more than 20 percent, we are not prepared to re-visit the question of increases again in the 2014 budget,” they said in a joint statement.
“DOT should withdraw this proposal in the Executive Budget and find other sources of savings rather than raising revenue on the backs of hard-working commuters.”
Source: NEW YORK POST