City Council and Ripoff by city
My city has decided to institute a No parking on the street rule and begin charging people for permits to do so.
The No Parking is from 2am to 5am in the morning.
I called the city and was told it was for street sweeping...Wrong! First street cleaning only occurs once a week, not every night and it happens DURING THE DAY! not early morning.
So I went to the city council meeting to voice my opposition and gain clarity as to why they have decided to enact this ordinance. I stated it was just another way for the city to gain revenue by forcing people to buy a permit to park in front of their own house.
I was then told it was to "reduce crime"....so I followed up with "Do you have any statistics to show that parked cars on the street from 2-5am in the morning increase crime?" No direct answer....only "well most crime occurs in the city late at night." So then I asked "and you think a permit is the answer to deter the alleged increase in crime by parked cars? Let's just call it what it is, a way for the city to increase taxes disguised as a "crime prevention" program."
With that they asked me to leave...wtf?
What is the next step? Any ideas? the permit will cost $120 per year...and I don't want to pay it out of principle.