Panel to consider raising neighborhood parking fees

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.

A city committee on Tuesday will discuss possible changes to the neighborhood parking permit program, including potential fee increases.

The Gainesville City Commission’s Community Development Committee will meet at 6 p.m. in Room 16 in the basement of City Hall.

Currently, residential parking permits cost $19.50 a year. City staff said the low cost in comparison to the price for parking on the University of Florida campus and the system for distributing the permits have led to issues with nonresidents obtaining permits.

Staff has recommended increasing the permit fee to $50 a year for non-homestead properties and $100 for a three-year decal for a homesteaded property.

Staff has also recommended increased enforcement through the hiring of three additional parking attendants. Those positions are projected to have annual personnel costs of $37,000 each. In addition, there would be a $23,000 cost for a new vehicle and $5,000 each for three handheld electronic parking citation machines.

After the Community Development Committee makes a recommendation, any proposed changes to the parking permit program will go to the full City Commission at a future meeting.

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