Parking fines will increase by $2 and all four and eight-hour parking on Front Avenue in downtown Columbus will be reduced to two hours, a Metra Transit System official said Thursday.
All of the changes are aimed at helping to balance the city’s $280 million budget for fiscal 2011 which goes into effect July 1.Saundra Hunter, director of Metra Transit System which also manages parking, called for the changes in a report to Columbus Council’s Budget Review Committee. The 10-member council must approve the changes before they go into effect.
Parking fees in Columbus have been set at $15 since 2002. Proposed fees would increase by $2 to $17 beginning July 1 and to $20 July 1, 2011. The fees would be paid for overtime parking, on the wrong side of the street, parked in a no-parking zone, parked too far from the curb and parked at a fire hydrant.
If you are parked in a space for the disabled, the violation will increase from $100 to $200.
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To enforce the parking, patrol vehicles in the Muscogee Marshal’s Office and Columbus Police Department will be outfitted with a “hot list” of parking violators. If you have three or more unpaid tickets, officers may slap a boot on the vehicle.