Rockford raises parking fees to fund maintenance

Published: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 4:00 a.m. CDT

ROCKFORD (AP) — Officials in the Illinois city of Rockford say the cost of parking in city-owned decks and lots will rise in the new year to keep up with annual maintenance costs that have reached $300,000.

City Administrator Jim Ryan tells the Rockford Register Star (http://bit.ly/1h4dSDS ) it's important to invest in the city's parking system. Two levels of one city parking deck were closed in 2012 because of crumbling concrete pavement.

Hourly rates are climbing from $2 to $5 for one to two hours. Monthly passes at some of the facilities are going up from $53 to $60.

On-street parking for 75 people, mostly downtown residents, is increasing from $10 a year to $10 a month.

A committee that included downtown business owners and residents helped devise the new fee structure.

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