Looking Under the Couch Cushions for Small Change

Anna Griffin has a piece in yesterday’s in Portland section of the Oregonian (City turns to parking in drive to fix roads).

The idea is to figure out what the parking permits that a number of different categories of organizations (press, non-profits, etc.) use to skip paying at parking meters are really “worth” (in the sense of the amount of revenue that the City loses). The first staff report suggested some pretty expensive permits for non-profits.

While I’m not conceptually opposed to the idea of understanding the true costs of these things, my reaction is the same as my feeling about hitting up Flexcar for $60K or so annually: this has a certain air of desperation about it. Shouldn’t we be thinking bigger picture about our transportation funding challenges?

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