ShareThis Page
Letters to the Editor

Parking taxed

| Monday, Dec. 11, 2006

Merrill Stabile, president of Alco Parking, feels he should not be pressured to reduce his parking lot prices when the city's parking tax drops from 50 percent to 45 percent next year (" Motznik wants private parking rates checked ," Nov. 30 and

Mr. Stabile reasons that he should keep the tax cut because his expenses keep going up. As Downtown property owners, we have little sympathy for Mr. Stabile. Over the past few years we and other hard-pressed commercial property owners have been forced to reduce our rental rates because of the dismal business climate Downtown despite being faced with the same or similar rising expenses.

In fact, Mr. Stabile, who is on the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, is one of the reasons our expenses are going up. He recently voted for and was a fervent supporter of raising the Business Improvement Tax 25 percent over the next five years on all commercial Downtown properties.

Mr. Stabile should reduce his parking rates and learn to live in the world he is helping to create.

Gerald & Frank Schiller Verona

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me