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July 6, 2009 Poll Results

A state audit has urged Metroplex authorities to raise parking rates for downtown Schenectady lots, which are free for the first two hours with a maximum of $5. Would a modest increase discourage you from using these lots?

Yes 76% 342 votes
No 23% 104 votes
Total: 446 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


July 6, 2009
9:42 a.m.

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We are suffering in a recession due to the government. And they always want us to repeatedly take the loss to cover their constant screwups. Give us a break, geez...Cut several govt positions to cut costs, obviously, the number they have on, isn't effective on our economy or their poor decisions.

July 6, 2009
10:58 a.m.

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The Audit of Metroplex in reguards to the PArking costs are made by bean counters. They have no sense whatsoever of the reality, history or personal ecnomy of the area they are discussing.

July 6, 2009
11:47 a.m.

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I own a business in downtown Schenectady. Elimination of two-hour free parking would definitely have a negative impact on my business.

I also believe that inviting my clients to the city is good for all the other businesses around me. I want visitors to feel welcomed and unencumbered when they come here. Free parking is a good marketing tool.

July 6, 2009
6:11 p.m.

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I have to drive into downtown Schenectady for lunch. Many times metered parking is not available. When the meters are not available, the free two-hour parking allows me to join friends and colleagues. When time allows, I do some shopping before returning to work. If there becomes a fee, I'll be dining in Niskayuna, Upper Union Street or other areas outside of DT Schenectady where I will not have to pay to park.

July 6, 2009
10:21 p.m.

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This would give me yet another reason to not go downtown. Businesses that are paid with government money. It's now going to cost me more money to use a parking lot (paid for with my tax dollars) to go to a store that already took my money (through a government grant/loan) so that I can pay a sales tax to so that the government can give out more of my money to a company? I'd rather go to do shopping outside of downtown (or better yet, outside the city) where I'll be paying less to the government.

July 6, 2009
10:53 p.m.

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I think that our property taxes should cover it since you charge us a arm and a leg. why are the citizens money the answer and solutions to the city's problems. I bought a house in the woodlawn area when I returned from Iraq, hoping and thinking it wouldnt get worse. what was I thinking. I cant wait until 2 more years are up, so I have a little equity to sell it. 40% of my payment is taxes. I wont give anymore money than I have too. I will shop elsewere and go to the movies in colonie where parking is free and not that much further.

July 7, 2009
10:24 a.m.

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I don't know why the authorities don't get it. Simply put, higher fees will bring less use. Their answer, raise the fees again to recover the revenues lost because of lower use.

They need to ask themselves why even city people travel to the suburbs to do business. The answer is quite simple, plenty of FREE parking.

Downtown Schenectady will never be what it once was but if the people in charge keep going down this same road downtown Schenectady will be a ghost town.

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