Keefe isn't the only one opposing the county revenue booster. More than a dozen residents blasted the plan Tuesday morning in front of Milwaukee County supervisors.
"Not a single solitary constituent of mine is in favor of this," said supervisor Dan Sebring.
"It's not as simple as just, don't do this," responded Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.
Abele proposes to hire a private company to operate the fee system at most county parks and along Lincoln Memorial Drive. Despite fierce opposition, Abele said if this plan falls through, that $1.6 million would have to come from elsewhere.
"Whether or not paid parking is a perfect solution, we need to either come up with cuts in services which you're also going to get people here to speak up for raises in fees or revenues in something," Abele said.
Some residents say they'd rather pay an annual parks admission fee or see their property taxes go up than pay each time they visit a park.
"Ask me for a dollar," said county resident Roz Tornatore. "I'll give you a dollar every month for the parks."
There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Mitchell Park Domes. Everyone will be given an opportunity to share their stance.