Paying more to park? Cleveland considers raising rates

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CLEVELAND — The price for parking in Cleveland may soon cost a little more.

There’s talk of raising rates for the city’s parking meters, garages and lots.

“Today was the first day that the administration introduced this to us. So we’re going to look at it. We’re going to evaluate it and we’re going to have a lot of questions about it,” said Councilman Zack Reed on Monday. “But, one thing in their favor is we have not raised the parking meters or the parking lot fees since 1989.”

Under the administration’s proposal, parking meters would increase by a quarter. As for the garages and lots, the standard price plus the maximum that could be charged would change. That will vary on the location.

Drivers are naturally torn about the idea. Some think it’s fair, while others wonder if it’s really needed.

“When you think about it, it’s either going to be this or taxes and I think it’s more reasonable that if you’re parking, it’s an extra 25 cents rather than raising everyone’s taxes,” said driver Bill Andrews.

The proposal is far from being a done deal. City council still needs to review it, then decide whether or not they want to pursue it.

Councilman Reed said he’s glad they’re taking their time with it, especially since it’s going to impact a lot of people.

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