If there are parking options cheaper than on-street parking under the city's parking plan proposal, simple economics would indicate people will park there.
That could mean people will want to park in the Clark Street Parking Garage.
According to recommendations from the parking committee that were debuted publicly on Wednesday night, the proposal was made to reduce the monthly fee for parking in the garage from $40 per month to $30 per month, a little over $1 per day.
Times Observer photo by Josh Cotton
Pictured is a slide of the presentation from Wednesday night’s public meeting unveiling the city’s proposed parking plan. Phases one and two correspond to the phases detailed on the map. New revenue indicates parking revenue that will be generated in that phase. “When the budget was designed for how big the phases would be, a great deal of attention (was paid) to make sure (we were) not spending more than we could make back that individual year,” said City Intern Gregory Wilson. Estimated deficiency refers to the amount the parking fund ‘owes’ the general fund, in total $300,000. The net value, listed in the yellow column, of $507,692, would be revenue that could be reinvested throughout the city.
The proposed street payment parking would cost $8 per day.
"That is purposefully an incentive," said City Intern Gregory Wilson, who coordinated the presentation given Wednesday. "All the research that has been reviewed basically says the areas least desirable to park" should be made least expensive.
Of the 506 available spaces in the parking garage, 290 are currently rented. Those are the ones that are covered. The top floor is not rented on a permit basis.
"The reason people are not flocking to the garage down there," explained Councilman John Lewis, "(is that we) have had an enforcement issue. It takes time to check to see if they are parked properly."
Wilson explained that the rate reduction is still subject to approval by city council.
In 2012, the city spent approximately $1 million on repairs to the garage.