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I’ve been asked to describe the changes to the downtown parking system rate structure. Effective October 1, the DDA rearranged the rates to encourage long-term parkers to use the structures, leaving more convenient surface and meter parking for shorter-term, higher-turnover parking.
The change was enacted at the DDA’s July meeting, and was designed to be revenue-neutral. (Some DDA Board members questioned this criterion, as the rent the DDA pays to the City for the parking facilities was at the same time increasing from around $100,000/year to $1 million / year, and rates had not been increased in approximately 7 years previously.) Extending meter hours into the evening was also discussed, with a similar motivation to move long-term users (such as downtown employees) into the structures and leave the on-street parking for high-turnover use; that decision was postponed until a better examination could be made of what time meter hours should be extended to.
Same-day expired meter fines were increased by the city earlier this summer; the fine is now $10 if paid within 24 hours. This change was also made to maintain on-street parking for high-turnover use – previously, the cheapest form of all-day downtown parking was to park at a meter, put no money in, and pay the $5 same-day fine.
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