Downtown Rutland shoppers, residents and workers will pay more for street parking if Mayor Louras has his way.
If a draft proposal by Rutland City Mayor Christopher Louras is eventually approved, downtown shoppers, residents and workers could see an increase in parking meter rates from 50 cents an hour to 75 cents an hour (short-term) and 10 cents an hour to 25 cents an hour (long-term).
Downtown parking passes increases would jump from $16 to $35 a month (long-term) with parking tickets taking a big jump from from $6 to $15.
The mayor also wants to close the downtown “parking pit” and another lot located along Wales Street .
Behind Wal-Mart, the Amtrak area would see more parking enforcement; non-rail passengers could then be stiffly ticketed for $50.
Also, the plan eases out Deter Security; it would no longer be responsible for its current parking enforcement “beat” within the Wal-Mart plaza district.
Louras said new parking meters would be added to several areas alone Center, Church and Wales streets.
The goal of the new downtown parking plan is to direct visitors to the state-owned parking deck on West Street.
The overall plan is still under review by city aldermen.