Letter: Privilege to park in Penticton

If we would like onstreet parking “privileges” we will need to purchase a permit from the city.

We received a letter, as did all residents of properties bordering Lakeshore Drive, informing us that if we would like onstreet parking “privileges” we will need to purchase a permit from the city.

It goes on to say that the resident only parking program has been expanded due to the expected impact from further expansion of the downtown pay parking program. Permits will be $15 and increase to $30 in 2018. Is this not another form of taxation?

The designated streets do not have driveways and limited alleys so we are basically being held for ransom because the city is insisting on putting parking meters on the beach. We must also pay to have anyone visit as visitor permits are the same price.

Now we all have to pay (tourists and residents alike) for the messed up council and their crazy fundraising schemes.

Maybe the best idea would be to scrap the parking meter idea altogether instead of creating a double dip for the city and take away some of their benefits to compensate for that revenue.

Judy Matheson

Penticton