I have been working at UA for 6 years and have paid for a parking lot space for all of these years. Recently, I purchased a house, 3 blocks for campus. My house closed on May 20, so I no longer need a parking space on campus. When I went to turn in my parking pass, I was told that there would be no refund for June, July or August, but they would take me off the list for next year. Payroll deductions will keep happening through August even though I no longer need the parking space. I was told that refunds only happen up until April and that it is for employee convenience that they even allow payroll deduction! They did say if I was leaving the UA, then I could get a refund.
Is this to make faculty who are on 9 month contracts pay all year? What about students? Do they have to pay all year for parking even though they are not here in the summer?
This seems to be yet another way to get into employee's pockets.
(Submitted June 2015)
Thanks to Dave Heineking, Executive Director for Parking & Transportation, for the following response:
We have been talking about this issue for some time. The costs of permits are based on the cost of providing service: maintenance of the garages and lots, personnel costs, alternative transportation programs, and other IT and operational costs. Making permits annual and having a cut off time for refunds allows us to keep permit costs lower by spreading the expense over a longer period. In particular those on payroll deductions see the benefit of having the cost spread over 24 pay periods instead of 18, making the deduction per check smaller.
If we did not have a cutoff date for requesting a refund, the corresponding loss of revenue would require an increase in permit costs for all permit holders.
Permits returned after this time are not resellable because of the lack of demand this late in the school year.