The city of Bloomington is making about $5,000 a day off the new downtown parking meters.
All of the 1,400 parking meters in downtown Bloomington have been online for less than a week, but they have already brought in nearly $30,800 as of Thursday afternoon.
The money goes into a separate parking meter fund, and the Bloomington City Council decides how to spend it.
Director of Public Works Susie Johnson says she’s recommending some specific projects aimed at improving the city’s downtown.
“I’m proposing that we add some additional resources to help keep the downtown clean. We’re going to be gating the garages so that all of the garages perform the same way, so we have some real consistency in our garages. It makes it easy for the public to understand and a more predictable parking experience I guess.”
Mayor Mark Kruzan says he also plans to propose adding employees to a rapid response team that is tasked with addressing a wide range of issues from removing cigarettes on the sidewalk to cleaning up graffiti.
The parking meters are on track to bring in just shy of $2 million per year.