Parking Still Free For 2 Hours in Downtown Yakima
If you're parking in downtown Yakima Today nothing has changed parking is still free for 2 hours in city lots and on city streets.
THE CITY COUNCIL DECIDED TO BACK THE PLAN BY BUSINESS OWNERS
On Tuesday the Yakima City Council decided to approve a plan developed by downtown business owners Joe Mann, Ben HIttle and Steve Mercy. Under the plan the city will increase the cost of paid parking spaces downtown to raise money to help maintain the parking lots.
THE COST OF PAID SPACES HAS INCREASED ALONG WITH THE NUMBER OF SPACES AVAILABLE
Yakima City Council member Matt Brown says the paid spaces will be increased from $40 to $50 each month. Business owners can now purchase more parking permits for employees.
THE NEW PLAN RAISES MORE REVENUE
He says the plan will help increase revenue while keeping a majority of free 2-hour spaces open for the public. The council voted unanimously for the plan. The business plan is different than the plan proposed by the city earlier this year. The city plan called for paid parking in all city lots including paid on-street parking.
THE CITY PLAN HAS BEEN SHELVED
Under that plan the city would create an app for people to pay for spaces. Money from the paid parking spaces would help fund parking lot and sidewalk improvements downtown. But that plan has now been shelved in favor of the business owners plan in downtown Yakima.
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