UPDATED to relect vote results.
Mayor Nutter today sent a letter to City Council, urging them to not to give final passage to legislation from Councilman Jim Kenney that would gradually lower the city's 20 percent parking tax.
But Council ignored his wishes and voted 12-5 in favor of the bill, with Council members Bill Green, Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Brian O'Neill, Blondell Reynolds Brown and Darrell Clarke opposing.
The city raised the rate from 15 percent to 20 percent in 2008. Kenney's legislation would gradually bring the rate down to 17 percent, with the reductions starting in the 2014 fiscal year. Kenney argued that the parking industry had been unfairly targeted.