TODAY'S QUESTION: Would increased parking meter fines free up downtown parking spaces?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | 1:08 p.m. CST; updated 3:19 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 19, 2011

* This week's City Council meeting was held on Tuesday. A previous version of this story incorrectly reported the date of the meeting.

At *Tuesday's City Council meeting, there was a first reading to amend Chapter 14 of the city code, which would allow the city to increase minimum fines for parking meter violations

Parking meter fines are set at a minimum of $5 if paid within 15 days; the cost is $15 if paid after. The proposed ordinance would increase the minimum fine to $10 if paid within 15 days and $25 if  paid after the 15-day period. 

According to the document, the fiscal impact of the increased fines would be $100,000 increase in revenue for the city.

Is this plan to increase parking-meter fines reasonable? Why or why not?

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Elaine Allen January 24, 2011 | 12:16 a.m.

I'm against raising the fees to $10 as someone who has to park downtown sometimes I feel the fee should not increase at this time. We have free downtown parking in certain towns so why should Columbia be the exception?

Is money all the city is interested in and if this is past where will all these funds go? I hope the NE area of Columbia will get some attention as nothing is being improved on this side of town.

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