Making parking tickets more expensive to fund Philadelphia parks

A Philadelphia City Councilman wants to raise the price of parking tickets to fund the city’s department of parks and recreation.  

Councilman Mark Squilla says he’s proposing adding a $2 surcharge to every parking ticket to help parks and recreation centers.

“We sent it over to the administration to look at and we are having two conflicting legal opinions on it, some people say we can do it and some people say we can’t,” said Squilla.

Squilla recently outlined his plan to a group of park supporters, saying he started his career in public service by starting a non profit to help his neighborhood’s rec center, and isn’t giving up on his plan.

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“We’re going to do our best to make it happen, we’re tired of people saying what we can’t do it’s time now to push forward and say what we can do,” he said.

There is no timetable for moving the project forward, while the attorneys check on the legality of the proposal.

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