Councillor to monitor parking fee revenue

Vernon politician wants proof that higher parking fees aren’t chasing people from downtown

A Vernon politician wants proof that higher parking fees aren’t chasing people from downtown.

Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe has requested a monthly report on revenue that is obtained from parking  meters.

“I want them compared to what we hope to achieve in the budget,” she said.

Parking meter rates recently climbed from 50 cents to $1 an hour.

For city-owned parking lots, the user fee has increased from $35 a month and $21.40 per month (in some cases) to $60 a month, with hourly and day rates increasing where the lot allows this use.

O’Keefe says she has heard concerns from both residents and merchants about the higher rates and she is concerned they will lead to fewer people shopping downtown.

“We need to make sure we’re on top of this trend.”

O’Keefe believes reports will indicate if the projected parking revenue is being met.

“If we’re not achieving that, why are we doing it?” she said.

If budget goals are not being reached, O’Keefe suggests parking fees will have to be changed.