Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he’s worried that a City Council proposal to charge fees for residential parking permits would gray the area of “overtaxing” residents who already pay rent, mortgages and other taxes.
“My concern initially looking at the proposal is that we’re asking homeowners and people who live in residences that pay taxes, that pay mortgages, that pay rents — that we’re going to charge you now to park on the street in front of your house that you pay for,” Walsh told reporters Tuesday. “I just think we have to take a little bit of vetting of what that would mean there.”
The proposal, filed by City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu on Monday, calls for the city to charge residents $25 for one parking permit per household and then an additional $25 more for each car after that’s assigned to the same household. She told the Herald on Monday that something needs to be done about the city’s outdated permit parking system, which hasn’t been updated since the 1980s, and a fee would add incentive to clear some curb space.
Walsh said his team will review the proposal, but is concerned about adding more fees into the mix after his recent 2020 budget proposal called for hikes on parking meters citywide.
“I know that already today, I’ve heard some people be upset about the fact that paying $25, $50, $75 for a parking sticker when they pay all of the other taxes,” Walsh said. “We’ll vet it. I know it’s been proposed a couple of times. I’ve had conversations with the councilor about it, I just get a little concerned about at what level do we overtax and over-fee the residents of the city.”
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