Under the budget passed by the Kingston Common Council on Tuesday, users of nine municipal parking lots in the city will be able to purchase annual parking passes for $100 or monthly permits for $20.
The $10 passes will allow holders to park in the lots without paying a 75 cents-per-hour fee. The passes are valid through Dec. 31, 2017.
The city plans to install payment kiosks in six municipal lots within the next few weeks. According to Mayor Steve Noble, the kiosks, in which parkers will have to put in 75 cents per hour, are expected to become active as early as September 1.
Mayor Steve Noble said plans to install payment kiosks in nine city lots that currently offer free parking will be delayed by at least a month after the Common Council failed, for a second straight month, to approve a bond ordinance to pay for the new equipment.
The president of the Kingston Common Council said that lawmakers on Tuesday, Feb. 7 voted to temporarily table a key element of Mayor Steve Noble’s plan to institute paid parking on municipal lots.
Meter rates will double, and payment kiosks will be erected at city lots that had been free.
While Mayor Steve Noble said Monday the new plan for city parking, which will double meter rates and end free parking in municipal lots, will offer long-term discount rates for residents and commuters, he said determining the amount of the resident/commuter discount will have to wait until the city picks a vendor to install payment kiosks in the lots.
Mayor Steve Noble plans to meet with members of the Common Council next week to propose a new parking scheme that would double the cost of metered on-street spots and install payment kiosks in municipal lots that currently offer free parking.
$175,000 is expected to be raised by metering the city’s six parking lots in Uptown, Midtown and the Rondout.