Cleveland May Raise Parking Rates to Help Pay for Parking Maintenance and Porta-Potties


Cleveland City Council is in the throes of debate over whether to raise parking rates citywide. This would affect parking meters and the city's three public parking lots (Willard, Muni, and Canal Basin). 

As things stand now, one quarter gets you 20 minutes at most city parking meters. The rate hike would grant only 15 minutes per quarter — bringing one hour of parking time up to $1. 

Lot rate increases could come to $1 more per hour or as much as $30 more per month, where applicable.

The rate change would bring in an estimated $1 million annually to city coffers. The revenue will go toward maintenance of those very same parking meters and lots (as well as the 50 city-owned porta-potties at the Muni Lot, which, OK, yes, you're gonna need a lot of scratch to keep those things clean). 

City leaders have rejected any idea that this rate hike is connected to the recent voter-approved de facto ban on red light traffic cameras — a successful ballot initiative that strips some $6 million from the city's budget each year now.

Parking rates haven't changed in Cleveland since 1989. General inflation trends show that a $1 in 2014 would equal out to about $.50 is 1989 dollars. 

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