TYLER — The Tyler City Council Wednesday approved an ordinance revising parking fees downtown. KETK reports more than a third of the parking meters will increase a substantial amount. According to City Engineer Carter Delleney, 137 of the 344 meters in the downtown area will double in price from 25 cents an hour to 50 cents an hour. This will increase the city’s take from $95,000 per year to about $135,000 to $140,000. Officials say the city is also making improvements to allow for more convenience. All of the meters rising in price will take credit cards as a method of payment. The cost of improvements will be covered by the revenue surplus. Price hikes will be on the square and one block east and west, along Elm Street, and down Broadway Avenue.
Delleney said the city hired a group to gather data on downtown parking in other cities before the City Council approved the ordinance. According to Delleney, based on pricing information officials received, the city could have raised the price even higher to better match similar cities, but officials decided to scale it back. The current rate has been in effect since at least 1984, Delleney said. The downtown parking garage, which will have “substantial completion” in mid-July, will be $1 per hour with a maximum of $5 per day and $70 per month for long-term usage. Exceptions for weekends, holidays, and the disabled will remain. Easter will be added to the holiday exceptions moving forward.