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Raleigh to crack down on parking to erase shortfall

Posted April 5, 2011
Updated April 6, 2011

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— City officials are reviewing ways to raise more parking revenue, such as charging for parking in downtown municipal garages on nights and weekends and cracking down on unpaid fines, a City Council member said Wednesday.

The city's parking budget is projected to fall more than $1.4 million short of its budget in the 2011-12 fiscal year, officials said. They blamed the weak economy, lower on-street parking revenue than expected and an increase in debt service payments.

Officials are looking at various options, such as getting legislative approval to boot vehicles with unpaid fines or having the state Division of Motor Vehicles place holds on registration renewals until fines are paid. Raleigh has more than $2.5 million in unpaid parking fines.

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"The city's not making enough off parking and it's obvious people don't like paying for tickets. That's the issue," said City Council member Mary Ann Baldwin. 

She added that she favors prioritizing the collection of unpaid tickets rather than charging more for parking violations.

The city also could sell advertising space on city-owned parking decks and end the practice of free nighttime and weekend parking in the decks, officials said.

City officials are expected to consider these options at a budget meeting next week.

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  • NCAries Apr 7, 2011

    Do what it takes to collect from those that refuse to pay. There is a large segment of society that refuses to follow the rules and feel that they don't have to obey the laws of society. We see their photos and read about them everyday. Start towing their cars and the money sill start coming in.
    ccs1920

    Yeah, the ones that run the country, state, city and make all the rules for others to follow.

  • Hello_Golos Apr 7, 2011

    I'd ride the bus downtown if it came more than once an hour and ran past 10 pm.

  • metricula Apr 7, 2011

    As a waitress downtown, I utilized the free parking at night in the decks to go to work. Downtown Raleigh encourages employees of businesses to park in the decks, freeing up more street parking for visitors. I feel very safe walking downtown, even at two or three a.m. (which is when many bar/eatery staff members get off work). There's free parking further down Hargett past Bloodworth, but even though I feel safe I don't want to walk five blocks at three a.m. just to go home from work. Many times, employees park in the deck because they can't continue to feed meters. I shudder to think of paying for parking if I had to work a 12-14 hour double.

  • ccs1920 Apr 7, 2011

    Do what it takes to collect from those that refuse to pay. There is a large segment of society that refuses to follow the rules and feel that they don't have to obey the laws of society. We see their photos and read about them everyday. Start towing their cars and the money sill start coming in.

  • mhazouri Apr 7, 2011

    It is difficult to discuss Raleigh's parking strategies without being flagged here for inappropriate language

  • superman Apr 7, 2011

    Why would anyone want to go downtown and have to pay to park and then walk a couple blocks to get where they want to go. I would only go downtown if I had to go to the courhouse or somewhere. I would never even consider going there at night.

  • pinball wizard Apr 6, 2011

    Funny how North Hills, Cary TC, Crabtree, Triangle East etc. manage to not charge for parking. Oh, they actually want people to come there.

  • 6079 SMITH W Apr 6, 2011

    Even the natives wonder why Raleigh has (in recent history) been hostile (park here, don't park there, can't you pay to park) to people with cars, while scratchin' their municipal noggins over why downtown can't seem to draw folks in....no wonder the late-comers are laughin' at us. ;)

  • cwood3 Apr 6, 2011

    That's what happens when you elect a liberal like Mayor Bleeker to into any leadership role. He just wants more-let someone else worry about collections.

    Sure glad I don't live in Raleigh. I'd never vote for this Mayor!!

  • Hater like Darth Vader Apr 6, 2011

    I can't wait to see the bar scene migrate from Glenwood down to Martin Street area in the warehouse district. The drinks are half the cost at 5 star, ugly monkey, etc.

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