‘Parking tax’ roll back up for debate
Should the City roll its “parking tax” back from 20 percent to the 15-percent rate from which it was raised in 2008? Saying that it would cost city $58.5 million during the next five years, City Revenue Commissioner Keith Richardson doesn’t think so.
Parking-lot owners, operators and workers who packed Council chambers for yesterday’s hearing about it disagreed. Robert Zuritsky of the Philadelphia Parking Association said the “shockingly high” rate tops New York City’s. Bringing more than 130 “rogue” lots into tax compliance would generate more revenues, he maintained.
“The 67 percent of parking operators in Philadelphia who run honest businesses welcome and want the scrutiny,” said Zuritsky, inviting city audits. Supporters held signs reading Fair Parking Tax = Jobs.
The bill, sponsored by City Councilman James Kenney, was tabled pending further discussion.