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Parking fees to be reduced

August 06, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The cost of residential and guest parking permits on the streets around Chambersburg Area Senior High School will go down for the second year in a row.

"I guess the bad news is we're continuing to make money on the program," Assistant Borough Manager David C. Finch told the Borough Council Wednesday night.

The permit program was begun in 1994 to ensure that residents on streets surrounding the high school would have someplace to park, Finch said. The problem then was students driving their own vehicles to school and taking up much of the curbside parking.

So far, the program has cost the borough $5,789, but receipts from the sale of parking placards have exceeded costs by $3,311.

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Last year that led the council to cut the permit costs in half from $10 to $5 for residents' vehicles, and from $5 to $2.50 for visitors' permits.

Even by cutting the cost in half, the borough made $367 this year, according to Finch.

Finch said there was no limit on how many residential and guest permits a resident could buy each year.

He recommended the council drop the cost of a residential permit another 20 percent to $4 and guest permits to $2. That would bring the program close to breaking even, he said.

The council will take a vote on the measure next week, but Finch was authorized to send notices to the affected residents before school starts at the end of this month.

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