The city won’t raise taxes, but it will increase on-street parking tickets from $8 to $14 per ticket after state reforms on parking tickets reduced city revenues by $300,000. The new state law prevents municipalities from charging late fees for parking tickets until 30 days after the ticket is issued. Prior to the new law, the city would charge an extra $4 per tickets after 10 days and $17 after 20 days.
Mayor Joe Riley says that it is an effort to pull people parking for long stretches off of the streets and into the parking garages.
“The parking garage daily rate is less than a ticket,” Riley says.
The city also announced that it would be increasing parking enforcement during college basketball games at the new Carolina First Center, particularly in downtown neighborhoods. They mentioned this weekend’s game against the University of South Carolina, in particular.