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Parking Rates Rise in Annapolis Aug. 20

Higher parking rates for downtown garages in Annapolis are set to take effect next week with an increase in meter rates planned for early October.

The cost to park at downtown garages is going up on Aug. 20.

South Street parking lot will see the biggest increase with the first hour, jumping from $1.50 to $5.00. will stay at $2 for the first hour, but each additional hour will cost more.

Rate increases for monthly parking will not take place until Sept. 1 when passes will rise about $50 per month at each garage. The exception is at Park Place where the price for monthly passes will stay the same.

City Council approved the rate increases as part of its fiscal 2013 budget, which this June. It also approved an increase in meter rates from $1 to $2 per hour, but that won't take effect until early October.

The new rates are estimated to add $840,000 in additional revenue to Annapolis' coffers, according to the Finance Committee's budget documents.

“The City Council approved the transportation budget to ensure that all operating costs would come from its budget and would not depend on any further general fund subsidies," City Manager Michael Mallinoff said.

Employees at downtown businesses aren't happy about the new pricing. 

"I think they should have a discount for people who work here," said City Dock Coffee employee Brittany Traylor. "All my tip money already goes towards parking."

And area businesses are frustrated. 

"It seems that the city leadership is not well aware of the merchants' competition," said Sean O'Neill, president of the . "When someone can park for free at the or at the or any other shopping venue, the city should be doing what it can to continue to woo shoppers, diners and customers, not making it more difficult."  

Upgrades to parking facilities combined with increasing demand for parking downtown led to a real need for higher rates, according to the city.

In March, Annapolis started accepting . New parking machines also are going in around town.

Transportation Director Richard Newell said in a statement that “the increase also reflects the City’s policy of market pricing, which promotes lower parking rates for individuals who park further away from the downtown area."

A PDF included in the photo section of this article includes the list of new prices for daily and monthly garage parking.

Kelly W August 14, 2012 at 07:55 PM
this is absolutely ridiculous. Rates were already way overpriced...It's ANNAPOLIS!!! Yet another reason for people to avoid downtown, unless they want ice cream, which is all that's left...what a joke. Major overhaul needed with city officials.
J. Prescott August 14, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I have lived here for 30 years and all I have seen in the past 10 is greed greed greed. Nothing, but a bunch of tourist shops is almost all it is. When a great restaurant like Aqua Terra has to shut the doors due to greedy building owners, it's no wonder. The problem is that this always hurts the people who work down there. A day time bartender is going to have to work just to pay for parking. WHAT A JOKE THIS CITY HAS BECOME! SHAME ON ALL OF YOU POLITICIANS!!
Kelly W August 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I agree with you, J Prescott. What about the young kids who work part time in the shops making minimum wage? They will have to work 3-4 hours just to make up for the money to park! It seems more and more every day that Annapolis elected officials actually HATE annapolis and are trying to destroy it. Every single decision they make is contributing to the downfall.

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