The county Revenue Authority has tunnel vision. Towson is not a monopoly. Raising parking rates and extending meter hours is actually a parking tax on businesses and their patrons. The authority is robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Unlike the rain tax, which property owners can't avoid, we can all avoid Towson's onerous parking costs and inconvenience.

We already purchase things on the Internet to avoid sales taxes. Three or four dollars worth of parking fees saved will buy a gallon of gas. And that is more than enough to drive to Belvedere Square, the Senator Theatre and Hunt Valley Towne Centre where they provide free parking.

Be careful what revenues the authority wishes for. Every action has an opposite reaction.

Karl Pfrommer

Lutherville-Timonium