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D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty testifies before the city council Monday.
Patrick Madden
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty testifies before the city council Monday.

By Patrick Madden

The District may scale back its plan to raise parking meter prices. The budget proposed for the next fiscal year includes major hikes in parking meter prices. The spending plan would raise spots that are 75 cents an hour to a dollar, and in some neighborhoods in downtown D.C. rates would go from $2 an hour to $3 an hour.

The plan has been criticized by restaurant owners, neighborhood activists, and AAA, who say the prices would anger residents and turn away tourists.

At Monday's budget hearing, Mayor Adrian Fenty said he would take another look.

"If we need to scale some back be it in the evening or by the amount we charge, we will do so until we get as close to that perfection as possible," says Fenty.

The city is facing a half-billion budget deficit for next year and is trying to help close the gap through small fines and fee increases.


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