Park that idea somewhere else

I’m sorry, did I read it right? “Parking meters should be updated to enable motorists to pay by debit or credit card” [“A House Divided,” Aug. 6]. Is Fred Burchett working for Visa? He must not know that each single transaction, regardless of amount, costs anywhere from 15 to 25 cents, plus there’s an additional 3- to 5-percent fee on the amount charged. And what of the administrative costs of dealing with thousands of credit-card numbers, paperwork and payment errors?

So Fred suggests we should buy new equipment again (our meters were recently replaced!), and then pay banks a percentage of our parking fee on a regular basis? Who on earth needs to use a credit card for 75 cents?

In truth, downtown street-parking fees should not be increased, they should be decreased to free with a strict 3-hour time limit. This would change the income source from pennies to dollars with a boot and hefty fines when a car is left in one place too long. If we want a better downtown, then let’s make sure there are no barriers keeping people out.

— Chantal Saunders
Asheville

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  1. travelah

    The knucklehead doesn’t care. The suggestion was to make it so expensive to park downtown that over half the spots remain empty. What a complete idiot.

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