opportunity for downtown merchants,” Administrative Coordinator Drew McLaughlin said. “The easy availability of parking is crucial to a productive holiday shopping season. Turnover of spaces generally decreases when meter fees are waived for an extended period of time.” Mayor Leighton had said in previous years the program was an advantage to attract shoppers to the city during the busy holiday season.
The free parking continued each year to Jan. 2 with meter parking free from noon to 8 a.m. each day.
Leighton made the decision in the middle of the city’s financial
struggle when layoffs are looming and real estate taxes could rise as
much as 30 mills to cover an estimated $2 million revenue shortfall. In addition, the City Council was handed and ordinance that would increase the cost of meter parking from $0.75 to $1.00 per hour.
House of Kroy tour - *...sans the basement and garage.*
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