Political Chowder Ingredients: Facts, Events, Policy, Politicians, Journalists, and YOU
Political Chowder Ingredients:
Facts, Events, Policy, Politicians, Journalists, and YOU

This Week's "You"
Mar. 29, 2009
Letter to the Concord Monitor
03/26/09

Sell the garages, protect the library

About 10 years ago in a better government contest, I proposed that municipal parking garages be sold off to private owners. Concord could keep the sale proceeds while putting the property on the tax rolls.

The Y block and Durgin garage bonds have long since been paid off. Privatizing these garages allows the value of these city assets to be redistributed to other uses. The Capital Commons garage bonds can be covered by the TIF district and/or paid annually by the city. The parking meter fund can be terminated and, dare I say, parking enforcement staff cut. Any surplus balance plus the garage sale proceeds can be transferred to the city's general fund to keep the library open, balance the city budget or perhaps be seed money for a future library.

Manchester, Boston and many other cities have sold off their parking garages. Just search the web under "privatize parking garages" for more information. Parking rates may go up in these privately owned garages, but the public library is the heart and soul of this community and needs to stay open.

 

Charlie Russell
Concord