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Hertel Avenue business owners are still sour over Mayor Brown’s parking policies

In recent years Mayor Byron Brown‘s administration, under the direction of Parking Commissioner Kevin Helfer, has seen parking fines as a source of revenue growth. The administration has increased parking fines and expanded parking fee hours for on street parking along Hertel Avenue, before quickly reversing that plan after the Hertel Avenue Business Association expressed outrage.

At the time City Comptroller Mark Schroeder said that he would reverse the new parking taxes if he is elected Mayor later this year. The administration is considering a similar plan for the Elmwood Village, in which drivers will be required to pay meters for on street parking until 9 pm rather than 5 pm, as is current ordinance.

In fiscal year 2013-14 the administration collected $5.37 million in parking violation fines and penalties.  In the 2016-17 adopted budget, the city projects to collect $6.6 million.

In fiscal year 2013-14 the administration collected $1.79 million in on-street meter fees, which grew to a projected $2.54 million in the 2016-17 adopted budget.

Another Mayoral candidate, Terrence Robinson, is rumored to be considering a package of parking reforms, including a drastic reduction in the standard fine from $40 per violation to $10 per violation.

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