I read with alarm the item relating to the cost increase of meter parking in downtown Vernon from 50 cents to $1 per hour. This increase is very extreme.
I was employed by the city’s engineering department from 1960 to the mid-1980s.
My job, under engineer David MacKay, dealt primarily with roadways, traffic flow and parking. We had to be aware of the various trends within these functions.
I believe it took about 20 years to increase the rate from five to 10 cents, with modest increases along the way.
I’m sure this increase will have a very negative impact on downtown business and is a slap in the face of the section of Vernon which has been the major source of tax revenue for many years.
The decision of the increase is supported by, and possibly initiated by a mayor who often seems insensitive to the legitimate concerns of many of his citizens, ie. the Landing firefighters.