On Sept. 15 City of Penticon council voted unanimously to expand to the number of pay parking spots along Main Street, as well as an increase the parking rate. (Black Press file)

City of Penticton council votes to increase cost of downtown parking

Additional meters, new pay machine, increased cost coming for downtown parking

If you work downtown, get ready to pay more for parking.

Council on Sept. 15 unanimously approved an expansion to the number of pay parking spots along Main Street, as well as an increase to the parking rate.

In 2021, hourly parking will go from $1.25 an hour, up to $2 an hour.

The city will also be spending $175,000 for pruchasing additional meters and new pay machines, to expand the pay parking along Front Street, Eillis Street, and up to the 600 block of Main Street.

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In addition, the city will remove the one-hour free parking in the lots that currently offer it.

The city is estimating that the addtional 295 pay parking spaces will bring the city about $400,000 in new revenue, with the rate increase adding $208,000 on existing revenue, and the removal of the free parking an additional $92,000.

The changes to parking spaces and the parking rate will go into effect in 2021.

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