You may need to put twice as much money in the parking meter soon.The Ballard administration makes it sound like the plan has the full backing of business owners in downtown and Broad Ripple, who will mostly be affected by the privatization of parking meters. I've asked some of those business owners if they are aware the plan may entail charging for parking on evenings and weekends. They typically respond by saying, "Huh?" I can understand why the existing parking garages like the plan. It means people can park in their garages cheaper than parking on the street. In the past, the City has lost a lot of revenues because it refuses to keep the parking meters in a state of repair and has passed out too many free parking permits to political insiders. When this plan first surfaced, we were told Ballard would use the initial windfall from selling off the parking meter business to a private operator to pay for street and sewer improvements. The administration thinks it could get as much as $100 million. It sounds like a few million dollars more in professional fees to Ballard's favorite law firm and should be good for tens of thousands of dollars in additional campaign contributions for his re-election campaign.
As part of a plan to lease public parking to a private company, parking meters in Indianapolis will cost up to $1.50 per hour.
The new rate will be part of city negotiations with any potential company wanting to lease city parking.
The city's current 75-cent-per-hour fee dates back to the 1970s.
Privatization of public parking meters didn't go over well in Chicago, which saw its rates quadruple to $4.25 an hour in some areas.
I've seen some of Mike Huber's presentations on WCTY. The guy would make a great snake oil salesman. I can't believe the total bullshit he feeds people who attend these meetings without getting called on the carpet by any one. A little hint to the wise. When someone keeps saying "Right" repeatedly when they are explaining something to you, it usually means they aren't being straight with you. If Huber's ill-fated plan is just another nail in Ballard's political coffin, then I say move forward with the plan. I'm sure Huber has already got his six-figure job lined up and could care less how much his shell game financing schemes are going to wreck this City financially or Ballard's re-election chances next year. After all, like most of the people working in Ballard's administration, he didn't even support him when he ran in 2007.