Monthly Parking Rates Could Rise Slightly
The cost for monthly parking in city-owned lots in neighborhood business districts would rise by a quarter, or $3 a year.
“I think this is the smallest increment that we’ve seen since we started doing this 12 years ago,” said Parking Services Director Ted Perez. “We think this is the right move to make.”
Parking commissioners thought so, too, as they approved the new rates last week. The fees now go to the City Commission for review. If city commissioners ratify the rates, the new prices will take effect on July 1, the first day of the city’s new fiscal year.
The minor bump to the monthly parking charges reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index for last year. The city’s half-hour rates and charges for special-event parking were not changed and will remain the same for the coming fiscal year.
An increase would result in an additional $47,800 in revenue for the parking fund next year, while the Government Center ramp, which is handled as a separate account, would see its revenue rise by $15,900 next year.
Should the increase become effective, the least expensive downtown monthly parking rate would be $20.50 at DASH West. The most expensive monthly charge would be $122 at the Government Center and Pearl Ionia ramps.
As far as availability goes, the city has 1,370 monthly parking vacancies at 18 ramps and lots. As of last week, the Ottawa Fulton and City Centre ramps and a DASH South lot had the most available spaces as each had more than 200 openings.
The city has nearly 5,200 monthly parking customers.
At least six business owners have expressed an interest in providing services to the city’s customers through a program being considered by Parking Services as a way to add value for its clients. Representatives from Ronda Tire, the Lube Clinic, Mulick Floral, Quality Auto, Southland Auto Wash and Classic Auto Wash will be meeting soon with parking officials to learn more about the new effort.
The plan tentatively has Parking Services staff members getting customers’ cars washed and the oil changed, or buying gifts for them, while they are at work. The city would charge a fee for the service, but would contract with local businesses to perform the services.
“Should the city decide to do this, it would be done on a competitive bid basis,” said Perez.
Anyone interested in learning more about the program should contact Parking Services at 465-3290.