Residents who live in San Luis Obispo neighborhoods requiring a residential parking permit may soon have to pay to park on their street.
The City Council will consider charging a $10 annual fee for the parking permits at its meeting Tuesday. Those permits are now free.
There are eight neighborhoods in the city that require the permits for street parking: Alta Vista, College Highlands, Ferrini, Murray, Monterey Heights, Park View, Palomar and Tassajara/South Tassajara.
The purpose of the districts, which are initiated by the people living in those neighborhoods, is to control street parking in areas where it is limited. Many were created to prevent Cal Poly students from parking in neighborhoods surrounding the university.
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The city says the fee is needed to cover the cost of services, such as printing and issuing the placards, inspections and enforcement.
Until 2009, the cost of the program was covered in part by parking fines issued by the Police Department. However, that money has since been shifted into the city’s general fund from the parking fund, leaving the city to cover about $15,000 of the $60,000 needed to run the program, said Peggy Mandeville, the city’s principal transportation planner.
The proposed fee is meant to offset that cost and make the parking program pay for itself.
The residents who create the residential parking districts determine the boundaries and the hours in which a permit is needed. A 60 percent majority of the households in the affected area must support creating such a district for it to be considered by the city.
The city issued 1,512 permits in 2010. Each resident may purchase up to two permits each year.
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