Council revisits lakefront parking situation

August 18, 2009 3:01:48 PM PDT
Chicago's City Council is closely examining the proposal to charge more for parking along the city's lakefront. The park district is hoping to raise a million dollars by charging a dollar an hour for the spots along Lake Michigan.

Park District Superintendent Tim Mitchell discussed the proposal with members of the city council parks committee Tuesday. Some aldermen contend that since taxes already go toward maintaining and cleaning the beaches additional charges are not right.

"I don't believe that people who don't use the beaches should pay higher property taxes. I think that people who use the beaches and incurring those expenses should pay a dollar an hour," said Mitchell.

The park district started its push due to a budget shortfall and to avoid a property tax increase. It has also cut more than 100 jobs and consolidated offices.