City to Ramp Up Parking Downtown

By Paige Browning

All city parking fees and fines will go toward maintaining downtown parking infrastructure if approved by the Spokane City Council Monday night. The ordinance sets up a city parking system fund to hold revenue from parking meters, parking tickets, and permits.  Previously, some money was set aside for city parking expenses and some went to the general fund.

Council members Steve Salvatori and Amber Waldref sponsored the measure.  Waldref says in addition to funding parking infrastructure and streetscapes, the fund will pay for three downtown police officers over the next two years.

Waldref: “We want that to be an inviting environment, we want it to be safe.  We want it to be walkable, so that customers downtown, and visitors and workers can all experience a very vibrant, and successful downtown.”

The ordinance sets in motion a parking advisory committee who will decide what projects deserve the funding.

Monday, June 24 the council will vote on whether to replace all parking meters with ones which take credit cards.  It would be the first major purchase through the fund.
 
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