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.