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Downtown Auburn parking fee set to increase

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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

Drivers in Auburn are concerned that they are going to have to pay more money to park downtown.

This comes as Auburn City Council passed a vote to make some changes to parking: increasing the fees from 25 cents an hour to $1 an hour for some parking spots.

Some of the other changes include:

  • Parking meters were only enforced from 8am-5pm and now they will be enforced until 8 p.m.
  • The city used to not charge to park on the weekends and holiday breaks, now they will charge for Saturdays and the holidays.
  • On street parking is $1 for the first hour and 2$ for the second hour- surface lots and deck parking will remain a dollar an hour.
  • The amount of time you can park in a spot will also change from 4 hours to 2.

“I think the 25 cents is pretty chill it’s a good one but raising it to a dollar is pretty excessive," says one Auburn driver.

Auburn City Manager James Buston says the changes were made so there would be more of a parking turnover. “two hours you should be able to get most [of what you're doing] done - we are looking at three [hours] possibly it could change."  

"Two hours you should be able to get most [of what you're doing] done. We are looking at three [hours] possibly it could change."  Buston says.

With these changes could potentially come some new technology that would allow those who park downtown to control their meter through a phone app.

All changes are expected to take effect early January 2018.

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