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Parking rates could go up in Carlisle; garage spaces to increase in price, too

Updated: Friday, October 4 2013, 12:34 PM CDT
Reported by: Ewa Roman

CARLISLE -- Parking problems were the hot topic Thursday night at the Carlisle Borough Hall building.

"Parking problem is a good problem to have. If you can always find a place to park then there's not enough people in your downtown to keep it viable," said Debra Figueroa, Carlisle assistant manager.

The assistant borough manager says the parking meters are 25 years old and need to be replaced. The proposed new meters will have the option to pay by coin, with a phone call or with a smartphone app.

But if you choose to call or use the app on your smartphone, the processing fee will be up to $.40 on the $.25 or $.50 an hour that you're already paying.

But Julie Kurtz, a Cumberland County employee who uses the parking garage, isn't too concerned with the meters. She worries about increases to the parking garage fees.

"We're on a pay freeze at Cumberland County, there's no talk of a cost of living raise and our health insurance for our spouses is also going up and now the borough comes out and says we are also raising, proposed raising, (costs) of the garage and it's just like where does it end?" Kurtz said.

The borough is proposing raising the parking garage rates for unreserved spots from $42.50 per month to $50 per month. 

They also want to eliminate first floor reserved parking, which costs $75 a month per space and turn those into unreserved parking spaces.

"The ultimate goal of a sound parking management system is for good overturn for businesses, so you want people, customers staying for 2-3 hours shopping, eating, and then leaving," said Figueroa.

The fees for parking tickets could also go up from $5 to $15.

The borough will take the public's concerns into consideration and propose a plan to council, which could then vote on this at the end of this year.

That would mean the changes would take effect in the beginning of 2014.

Parking rates could go up in Carlisle; garage spaces to increase in price, too

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