Boise's proposed change to parking fees is a carrot-and-stick program for people who prefer metered spots to garages.
First, the stick: The first paid hour of metered parking will cost $1.50 instead of $1 if the proposal becomes law.
Here's the carrot: You'll be able to park in metered spots for another hour for an extra $3. Right now, most spots allow just one hour of paid parking. Feedback from people wanting the option of an extra hour led to this provision, said Craig Croner, Boise's administrative services manager.
The free 20 minutes allowed to anyone who pulls into the metered spaces will remain, Croner said.
The goal is to balance on-street parking with the use of garages that dot Downtown, Croner said. The proposed fees would bring the cost of two hours of metered parking in line with the cost of parking in a garage.
The City Council will find out what people think about that when it holds a public hearing in two weeks. The proposal could become law by the end of August.
It would affect metered spaces between Jefferson, Myrtle, 5th and 10th streets.
The city is also considering charging for metered parking Saturdays and after 8 p.m. weekdays. Partly, Croner said, the city is concerned about people stashing their cars in metered spots for long periods of time, clogging up spaces by stores.
That pilot program would last one year, Croner said, after which the council would review it to determine how to set parking fees and schedules going forward.
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