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Higher fees proposed for new parking meters near Chihuahuas ballpark

Higher fees proposed for new parking meters near Chihuahuas ballpark
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 6:23pm

Baseball fans may have to shell out a little extra to park alongside dozens of new parking meters going up west of El Paso’s downtown ballpark.

City staff introduced an ordinance at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, designating West Franklin Street as a “Baseball Park District,” and proposing higher fees for the roughly 75 new parking meters to be installed in the area.

Currently, parking for downtown meters is set at 75 cents per hour, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The proposed fees for the new meters along West Franklin would jump to $2.50 per hour and extend into Saturday. The new meters would also be active from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A City spokesperson told NewsChannel 9 City Council could vote to approve the new ordinance at the council’s next meeting on April 1, though council members may choose to change the proposed fees.

Walking near the baseball stadium, El Pasoan Chris Stewart said he feels the City should scrap the new meters altogether.

“We already paid for the stadium, we ought to be able to park there for free,” he said.

City staff stressed the new fees and hours would only apply to Baseball Park District along West Franklin Street.

The downtown parking meters program is run by the City’s International Bridges Department.

A spokeswoman for the department said most revenue collected goes back into the program for the purchase of new meters and the replacement of older meters with “smart meters” that accept debit and credit cards. 

The other portion of meter revenue, the spokeswoman said, is put into the City’s general fund.

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