Two-and-a-half years after it was consummated, the infamous parking-meter lease deal won’t go away—perhaps because there’s 72+ years left of it.

Last week, for example, citizens submitted at least four questions about the city’s meter system or the deal itself during Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s two town hall meetings. The mayor called the use of meter funds to balance the budget a “smoke and mirrors” technique that his predecessor might have used but he never would.