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Posted March 17. 2014 2:35PM

Aiken Standard - Gene Owens: Parking meter ‘Robin Hoods’

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Ludowici had a traffic light so situated and so timed that people entering at the speed limit scarcely had time to stop before the light caught them. A local cop was conveniently stationed just beyond the light so that he could nab the offenders immediately. The little town collected a large portion of its revenue by fining unwitting tourists – especially those with out-of-state tags. The Ludowici light obviously was bad policy. So is the policy of basing your budget on the people who patronize your downtown and are sometimes unable to get back to their vehicles in time to replenish the parking meter. Maybe Keene could solve the problem of the “Hooders” by removing its parking meters and adding a cent or two to the property tax on motor vehicles.