The town of Natick apparently will stoop so low as to go after high school students to balance the budget. The school committee is counting on making $70K in parking fees to use for other programs. Natick schools counting on $70K in parking fees to bolster budget Two problems: 1) They express some concern about the Laffer Curve, but fail to recognize how much $200 - $300 is to a high school student, even in a pricey town like Natick. 2) More importantly, they are failing to comprehend that this is a direct violation of Emerson College v. Boston, and even brag about that violation (raising fees for other purposes). From Emerson v. Boston: Emerson College v. City of Boston established that a fee is a charge “collected not to raise revenue but to compensate the governmental entity providing the services for it expenses”. This means that a charge that functions like a tax is a tax, and subject to Prop 2 1/2. I expect my letter to the editor to be published in a couple of days and hope someone takes the bait.