No more free Sunday parking in San Luis Obispo
April 6, 2011
The San Luis Obispo City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to begin charging for Sunday parking downtown beginning July 1. [Tribune]
On a second 5-0 vote, the council also agreed to raise the price of parking in the “core” downtown area from $1.25 to $1.50 per hour.
The vote came despite pleas from local church leaders opposed to the new parking fee, which will be in effect from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The new combined parking fees will bring in an estimated $325,125 each year—$206,125 just from the new Sunday fee.
The City is looking to increase revenue in order to finance a new parking structure at the corner of Palm and Nipomo Streets.
The council also voted to spend $223,235 on 400 new parking meters for downtown that are designed to accept credit cards as payment.
“We’d all like parking to be free,” Councilman Andrew Carter said. “But it does cost the city to provide it.”