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The following article was posted on June 7th, 2017, in the New Times - Volume 31, Issue 46 [ Submit a Story ]
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SLO to hike parking rates

By PETER JOHNSON

Your visit to downtown San Luis Obispo is about to get even pricier, especially if you bring your car.

The SLO City Council approved a new parking rate structure on June 6, which will go into effect in January 2018.

Per-hour metered parking in SLO will increase by 25 cents—in the core of downtown, the rates will rise from $1.50 to $1.75 per hour. Parking garage rates will also go up by 25 cents per hour, and 10-hour and permit parking jump by $20 and $60, respectively. Parking tickets are also getting a $7 hike in 2018.

Then, come 2020, the rates will get another 25-cent bump.

The new rate structure is “necessary for long-term sustainability and reinvestment in capital projects,” according to the SLO Public Works Department. The most substantial (and expensive) of the city’s future parking projects is the $23.6 million parking garage set for the corner of Palm and Nipomo streets—expected to start construction in 2019. That garage will have about 400 parking spaces. SLO is also undergoing a “parking structure assessment” next year that could lead to further capital parking structure projects.

The city projects it will collect $5.6 million in parking-related revenue in 2017-18, and $6 million in 2018-19, which is up from the $4.4 million raked in this fiscal year.