Lot Owners Oppose Tax But Don't Show Up

Robert Zuritsky, president of Parkway Corp. and head of the Philadelphia Parking Association, told City Council this afternoon that a proposal from Mayor Nutter to increase the parking tax from 15 percent to 20 percent would be a "terrible burden" on parking lot operators.

He didn't exactly have a sympathetic audience, especially when he asked for a separate budget hearing just on the issue.

"This is the hearing," Council President Anna Verna said. "I think anyone that was interested certainly should have been here today."

Zuritsky, the only person to testify about the parking tax, later predicted that his association would rally support from Center City stores and restaurants, office building owners and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, as they did when this tax faced increases in 2004 and 2005.

"I anticipate that we will have more support than we did last time," Zuritsky said. "We were caught off guard that this was coming down the road."