This fall, you might need to find an extra quarter to pay for parking in downtown Winchester.
The City of Winchester is looking at increasing parking meter fees. Right now, if you park downtown it's 50 cents per hour. They're looking at increasing it to 75 cents. If you park downtown at a metered spot you have to pay until four. Tuesday night, council forwarded the proposal to extend the time to six.
"We'll have the ability to go from 50 to 75 cents on any of the meters we have," said Chairman of the Parking Authority Dick Helm. "Practically speaking we'll probably restrict that just to the primary district and the immediate vicinity around the pedestrian mall. And the time limitations will be city wide."
If any changes are made, you won't see them until this fall. The proposal still has to be voted on a couple more times, and they'll also have a public hearing on it. This is just the start of the discussion. They are trying to make the parking authority and the parking downtown pay for itself and be self sufficient.
The parking authority has 2,000 parking spots. Helm says the parking authority has $7.5 million worth of bonds from the new George Washington parking garage that was built. They also have to pay for the upkeep of other garages.
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