Thank you to the Hill Rag and Hill Rag reporter Elizabeth O’Gorek for writing about the lack of parking enforcement in Hill East. Parking enforcement has dropped by half since 2016 yet city-wide the revenue gained from parking enforcement tickets remains the same.
Clearly, someone made the decision that parking enforcement in Hill East was not a priority and re-assigned parking enforcement officials to other parts of the city.
I came to this conclusion after reading Ms. O’Gorek’s August article which notes the steep decline — 6,000 less parking tickets a month in all of 6B, including in my single member district. Over the past two years, I’ve received numerous phone calls and emails
about the problem but it was always hard to quantify because I didn’t have the numbers. I do now and the numbers show a consistent downward trend.
These numbers stand in stark contrast to budget documents submitted by the Department of Public Works to the DC Council earlier this year.
In fiscal year 2016, the city-wide revenue gained from parking enforcement tickets was $72 million. The number increased to $73 million in fiscal year 2017.
So how is it possible for revenue gained from parking tickets to go up when parking enforcement in my SMD declined? Parking enforcement is doubling in other areas which makes up for the revenue lost from Hill East.
I don’t know who made the decision to decrease parking enforcement in Hill East and why they did it. But what I do know is that Hill East residents oppose the policy change.
Events DC annually hosts numerous events like the Rock n Roll Marathon and Shamrock Fest which each include 30,000 participants. A significant number of these participants illegally park in the Hill East community preventing residents from parking their cars. And they do so every year because they know that they won’t be ticketed.
On a daily basis, Hill East streets are littered with Maryland and Virginia cars illegally and blatantly parked for hours next to RPP signs. And again, they do so because they know that there are no repercussions for breaking the law.
Over the next couple of months, I’m be working with my fellow ANC6B Commissioner to press DPW for answers. We’ll lobby for additional parking enforcement in the Hill East community and we’ll hold DPW leaders accountable for their actions.
K. Denise Rucker Krepp is Commissioner for ANC 6B10. Follow her on Twitter: @kdrkrepp