The meter’s broken, but I still have to pay? Montclair, that’s galling (Letter)
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It was very annoying to learn that anyone who parks in a space with a defective meter has to find one with a working meter or will risk getting a ticket. I'm struggling to find a reason why I should comply.
My wife and I and our two kids moved here in 1986 when I was 34 years old, and we have always loved everything about the town.
Now, I am a senior citizen with back pain and a questionable knee. When I find an available parking space (not an easy task on many days) I am glad to pull into it. Finding one with a working meter sometimes requires two or three attempts, with the requisite climbing in and out of the car. I, and anyone else regardless of their physical condition, shouldn't have to do that.
By my calculations, my wife and I have paid well upward of half a million dollars in property taxes over the years. I suppose the cost of a parking ticket on top of that is really just a drop in the bucket, but forgive me if I find the prospect a bit galling.
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