Car Museum Owes $121,000 Parking Ticket
The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles (the very same that recently loaned Conan O'Brien that infamous Bugatti Veyron) is facing a bill from the city for parking fees and taxes in excess of $121,000 and counting.
The bill has nothing to do with where the museum keeps their collection, but instead is based on museum customers using an adjoining parking garage. The city charges lots and garages 10% of the parking fees they get for every vehicle, but since the museum is a nonprofit (and thus exempt from regular city business taxes) they thought they didn't owe the tax. The bill is for parking fees collected between 2004 - 2007 and the museum says that over the last six years they've written more than one letter in regards to the debt and never gotten a response from the city, until this most recent (and even more inflated) bill. As it stands now city councilman Tom LaBonge is working with the city attorney, the finance office, and the Petersen Museum to work out a solution.