The PPA Wants to Enrage You With Higher Fees … for the Kids

Proceeds would go to fund Philly schools.

Newsworks reports that Philly parking rates might go up 50 cents an hour, with the proceeds going to fund Philly schools:

The Philadelphia Parking Authority already has authorization to increase rates by 50 cents an hour in the core of Center City, but has not yet implemented those increases. The bill approved Monday by a City Council committee would give it the power to increase parking meter and kiosk rates 50 cents an hour in the rest of Philadelphia.

“Under legislation governing the [PPA’s] on-street parking program, virtually all the additional revenue from this adjustment will go to the School District of Philadelphia,” said Vince Fenerty, executive director of the parking authority. “When fully implemented, we believe this will result in an additional $7.5 million for the schools.”

That discussion, of course, comes several days after Council President Darrell Clarke said that increasing city funding for Philadelphia schools should include increased City Hall oversight over those schools, as well. 

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  • critical mass

    PPA *should* be turning over to Philadelphia *all* of the big money it takes in from Philadelphia. That would not only take care of the school problem; it would take care of the library, streets, parks, and other problems. Why should this money be going to Harrisburg? It’s being generated exclusively by Philadelphia and should stay here.

    • Lombard

      Additionally, maybe the PPA executives should not be making 6 figure salaries! How hard could that job be?

  • matthew brandley

    Note to all people who ever plan to go into Phila. Do yourself a very big favor. Take SEPTA. Seniors are only a buck on the train off peak and free on the buses and el, bss. off peak. Its only a few bucks to park at the garage at the Frankford Transportation Center. Get your tokens or pass and ride anywhere you want all day . Screw the city out of asmuch money as possible. The legal mafia doesnt deserve it and niether does the psd.

    • Joe

      I’m all for septa ridership, but you do know septa’s operating headquarters is in the city, right?

      • matthew brandley

        NO WAY ! I am such a dumb ass! Gues thats why I had the privelage of taking a behind the scenes tour last May of the ops center and 69th st shops and you didnt

  • benwein

    If they’d wake up, they have a great opportunity to solve many issues if they would review the resident parking permit situation. They could improve meter availability and revenue, without changing prices, if they say charged $35/20 a month vs year(a tenth of market rate), and get all the unneeded cars in center City off the street from those who don’t actually use them. This is the only thing that been touched in 15yrs,, way before the presence of car sharing(could even give a few to the bike share).

    • Lombard

      Well, I agree with your ideas of car sharing and additional bike use, but as city residents who pay 3.9% of our income and short-term capital gains to Philadelphia, $35/year parking passes are literally the only break that we get. And don’t forget, it’s common to get a parking ticket even when you have a permit, so most people probably give the PPA well over $100 per year.

    • critical mass

      Not a bad idea, though 35/month would be rough for the working poor who need cars to get to jobs in the suburbs (cleaning, yards, assembly work, etc). Maybe they could do this in the affluent parts of the city. But the real issue is that nearly all the money they collect from Philadelphians and visitors to Phil goes to Harrisburg, which does all it can to deprive Philadelphia of funding for its schools, streets, services. Harrisburg hates Philadelphia but they do love our money!

  • heidle

    They should raise the ticket rates, not the parking rates. Why penalize the people who are spending money in town?

  • Irish856

    This becomes a double hit on business… they will pay more to park and fewer people will come into the city.
    Time they look for new places to park… make money that way… Like in front of the Academy of Music, Forest Theater etc…. illegal to park in the loading zones Why??

  • Lombard

    I’ll never be clear on why the schools in Philadelphia are so terrible. We pay 3.9% of our income to the city in addition to property taxes and massive property title transfer fees. Where does all this money go? It certainly does not appear to get to the school system. And, now they are sucking us dry by increasing already pricey parking fees.