Thursday, May 20, 2010

Harris Expects Smooth Passage of Parking Proposal

Pittsburgh City Council President Darlene Harris says she doesn’t expect outcry from the public or her fellow Council members regarding an increase in parking fines.

Harris has proposed raising the fees for various city parking violations from $9 to more than $30, depending on the type of offense.

She says the rates haven’t been raised since 1957, and the proposed fines are still less than what they would be now if the rates had risen with inflation.

Harris says nobody showed up at a public hearing on the measure, so she believes city residents aren’t angry about the proposal.

The revenue from the rate increase would go toward the city's underfunded pension fund.

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