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Published:June 16th, 2009 09:41 EST
Park In Your Own Driveway? You're A Scofflaw!

Park In Your Own Driveway? You're A Scofflaw!

By Robert Paul Reyes

In these hard economic times many municipalities are in danger of going bankrupt, and mayors must come up with innovative ways of raising revenue if their cities are to remain financially viable.

The city of Toledo is in a budget crisis, and the mayor has come up with a controversial way of raising much needed revenue.

"Residents of Toledo, Ohio, are complaining that they received $25 tickets for parking their vehicles in their own driveways.

Mayor Carty Finkbeiner (FINK`-by-ner) says he stands by the citations handed out last week by the Division of Streets, Bridges and Harbor. He says the tickets were issued under a city law against parking on unpaved surfaces, including gravel driveways."

The Associated Press

A man`s home is his castle, and his driveway is his own personal highway. I live in a working-class neighborhood, and several homes in my block, including mine, have gravel driveways. This law discriminates against poor folks who can`t afford an asphalt driveway.

It should be no surprise that the mayor faces a recall vote in November. If the mayor of my town instructed the police officers to issue tickets to vehicles parked in gravel driveways, I would immediately start a petition to remove her from office.

I give the  mayor credit for thinking outside the box, but surely he could come up with less controversial ways to raise money. He could have increased fines for traffic violations, or charged residents a small fee when they open an account at a city library.

I have never had an interaction with the criminal justice system, I treat cops with respect, and I always pay my taxes on time But I wouldn`t stop parking in my gravel driveway if there were an ordinance against parking on unpaved surfaces.