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August 26, 2014

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But their worst scheme is to use the money they have overcharged us for water ("borrow the surplus") to pay for fancy parking machines around the Capital that prevent people from using left-over time on other people's paid up meters. They should refund the so-called "surplus" to the water customers--immediately!

Typical, dishonest, secrecy prone city council dirtbags.

It seems that one facet of the parking dilemma is the cost and inconvenience to people who MUST park downtown on a daily basis - namely, employees and owners of downtown businesses. Has anyone ever offered a suggestion to issue exemption decals (for free or for a price) to such persons to place on their vehicles, the purpose of which would be to relieve them of the necessity to reposition (or pay for parking if meters were ever to be installed)?

I live in New Jersey - where free parking in any sizable community does not exist.

Willie R., we're pleasingly behind the times here in sleepy Salem, Oregon. Downtown isn't busy and vibrant enough to warrant putting in parking meters yet. Even time limits come and go.

For quite a while employees of downtown businesses have been banned from parking on the street. This frees up spaces for visitors/customers.

But since buying a monthly employee pass for the off-street parking garages costs quite a bit, many employees park onstreet (especially part-time and low-paid employees, understandably). So one proposal is to reduce the cost of them parking in the garages to $99 a year or so.

Makes sense. Better to entice with a carrot than use the stick of a fine on either the employee or employer.

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