TAMPA, Florida – The next time you try to park in a garage, lot, or metering lot in Tampa, you may need to dig a little deeper into your wallet.
On Thursday city council members will discuss repealing the current parking fee structure for a new one. The last time the city guides changed parking fees was in February 2018.
According to the application form for agenda items, the city needs money to “repair and / or replace the obsolete infrastructure of the parking system” over the next decade.
ABC Action News went through the old resolution and new proposal. We have created a table side by side that shows the current charges, the new proposed charges, and the amount of the additional charges. For example, if you’re paying for a monthly free space in a garage, you might find an extra cost between $ 143 and $ 195.
In most parking categories, fees or tariffs would increase. There are some who wouldn’t change or had no data to calculate a change.
Some permit holders may receive a discount. Government permit holders could see a potential $ 80 discount. Having an art studio permit in the city of Tampa can save you $ 270.
ABC Action News requested parking violations and transaction data from the city. It goes from March, when the governor issued the state of emergency, to August, when things returned to normal.
The city did not raise funds for parking violations between April and June. Just under $ 105,000 was raised in the same months of 2019.
The number of citations the city issues did not recover until August. Workers spent 169 more than in August last year.
In meter transactions, the city saw the biggest drop in April: a 77.5% drop from April 2019, a total of $ 129,720.95 less.
That year, meter transactions totaled just under $ 565,000. That’s a 46.3% decrease from 2019, when the counters grossed over $ 1 million.