Rockford raises parking fees to fund maintenance

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 5:30 a.m.CDT

ROCKFORD – Officials in the Illinois city of Rockford said the cost of parking in city-owned decks and lots will rise in the new year to keep up with annual maintenance costs that have reached $300,000.

City Administrator Jim Ryan told the Rockford Register Star it’s important to invest in the city’s parking system. Two levels of one city parking deck were closed in 2012 because of crumbling concrete pavement.

Hourly rates are climbing from $2 to $5 for one to two hours. Monthly passes at some of the facilities are going up from $53 to $60.

On-street parking for 75 people, mostly downtown residents, is increasing from $10 a year to $10 a month.

A committee that included downtown business owners and residents helped devise the new fee structure.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com

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