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Parking rates rising in Hagerstown

July 06, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The cost to park in Hagerstown’s metered spots will double this week.

Workers started reprogramming the more than 900 downtown meters Tuesday to charge 50 cents per hour, City Public Works Manager Eric Deike said.

The Hagerstown City Council voted in May to raise the hourly price of downtown metered parking from 25 cents to 50 cents.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II proposed the increase to support the parking fund and to recoup a proposed $100,000 subsidy from the general fund in fiscal year 2012.

“We need to try to find ways to cover that general fund subsidy by user fees and not on the back of every taxpayer,” Bruchey said in May.

The council approved increasing its metered parking rate as part of its fiscal year 2012 budget.

The increase was one of 24 modifications implemented to balance the budget without raising the city refuse rate by $12.50 per quarter.

Deike said it will take until the end of this week to reprogram all of the meters.

Once set, Deike said the rates will be:
° Six minutes for a nickel
° 12 minutes for a dime    
° 30 minutes for a quarter

Meters in the city of Hagerstown offer a mix of two-hour and 10-hour maximum parking, he said.

While metered parking rates are increasing, rates in the city’s parking garages will remain at the current $1 per hour, Deike said.

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