Mayor Tom Richards wants to increase city parking fees

Posted at: 05/20/2013 5:14 PM
Updated at: 05/20/2013 7:52 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

It may soon cost you more to park in downtown Rochester. With the release of the purposed city budget, Friday, News10NBC has learned the mayor wants to increase a number of parking fees.

The mayor wants to increase parking garages by $2 a month. He is also calling to increase parking meters by $0.25 a hour. If you do park illegally, expect to pay more. Parking tickets would be going up $5.

Many of the drivers say this isn't fair. It would cost them more to feed the meter and if they got held up somewhere, the ticket would cost them more too. They say this is hurting them at both ends.

Linda Maciulis, driver, said, “I really don't think that is fair. I think it is already a lot to park here. For two hours, we just paid $2.50. I think that is a lot, and to increase it, I really don't that's fair to the general public.”

News10NBC's Amanda Ciavarri asked, “Some people have been saying this is just another way for the city to money grab. Maybe not for the people, but for the people who live in the city, but for the people who are coming down and trying to enjoy the city. Is this a money grab?”

Mayor Richards said, “No, it's not. First of all, if you look at the rate of parking here compared to anybody else in Upstate NY, we are still a very good deal. On a comparison basis, we are still treating people fair. No one wants to pay anything. I understand that part of it. Here is another way of looking at it. We have to maintain the parking garages. We have to maintain that who should pay that the people who use them or the citizens?”

City Council still has to vote on the budget before any of these changes go into place. That is expected to happen on June 18.