Pittsburgh city council postpones vote on parking meter enforcement
By Bob Bauder
Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 1:37 p.m.
A divided Pittsburgh City Council on Wednesday postponed a vote on legislation that would forever eliminate nighttime enforcement of parking meters.
Councilman Bill Peduto, who sponsored the legislation, said evening parking enforcement hurts small, neighborhood businesses that depend on customers who park at metered spaces. City restaurant owners who appeared before council agreed.
Opponents said the cash-strapped city needs the money.
Council in 2010 extended meter enforcement hours to 10 p.m. Downtown and in Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Oakland, the North Shore, the South Side and the Strip District to generate more revenue. Reacting to public outcry last year, council amended the legislation temporarily, returning enforcement to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through this year.
Enforcement in the seven neighborhoods is set to extend to 10 p.m. starting in January.
Council in December 2010 avoided state takeover of the city's underfunded pension by committing $735 million in parking tax revenue over 30 years to the system. Council intended to use additional revenue from increased parking rates and expanded enforcement hours to offset the loss of parking taxes in the budget.
Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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