Critics of the rise in high school student parking fees aren't gaining much traction.
In an effort to balance the budget this year, the school board raised parking fees to $170 a year, a $50 increase. Critics aren't having the same level of success as in 2005 when they got the board to reverse the decision to raise the fees to $240 a year.
Last week, school board member Horace Tart tried to make a pitch for his constituents at Fuquay-Varina High School.
Tart said that last school year, students were urged to sign up early for parking spots for the 2008-09 school year because there would be far fewer spaces. He said students were told modular units would take away many of the parking spaces.
Since the board raised the fee in July, Tart said families have called him to complain. They say that they shouldn't be asked to provide the additional $50 after having already paid $120.
That argument didn't resonate with other board members who said they should treat the $120 like a deposit.
School board member Lori Millberg said they'd be more than happy to refund the money to those who don't want to pay the full $170.
BTW, parking fees were originally collected to pay for the cost of private security officers to patrol the high schools. But now the money is put into the district's general budget.