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Vernon parking fees drop

In a reversal of the norm, parking in downtown Vernon just got cheaper, if you don't mind walking a bit further that is.

Two weeks ago, Councillor Brian Quiring told council that he felt fees should be dropped across the board regardless of the loss of revenue, saying the higher fees cause more harm than good.

This prompted Council to ask staff to look into various options for variable parking rates throughout the downtown core.

City staff returned to council with seven options to consider, all with different fare reduction options and all with different revenue losses.

In the end, council chose to take 25 cents off the 75 cent hourly rates in the Parkade (reducing it to 50 cents per hour). As well as adding a 50 cent per hour option at the parking lot on 29th Street.

Street parking in the downtown core will remain at $1.00 per hour.

“What I was looking for was some options for people that the higher parking fee is an issue for, which this does,” said Councillor Juliette Cunningham.

“It doesn't have that much of an impact on our budget and it does identify alternatives for those who need and want parking at a lesser cost,” said Councillor Mary-Jo O'Keefe in support.

This option will require the city invest about $7,000 for signage and a ticket dispenser for the 29 Street parking lot, which previously only offered monthly parking.

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