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Bloomington Parking Meters Bringing In $5,000 Per Day

Since 1,400 parking meters in downtown Bloomington went online this week, they have been generating about $5,000 a day for the city.

Bloomington local Jason Meredith inserts coins to the parking meter on Morton Street.

Photo: Ying Chen

Bloomington local Jason Meredith inserts coins to the parking meter on Morton Street.

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.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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  • Nick Falky

    What a scam, I look forwards to the communists in city government using this racket to enrich themselves and their comrades.

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  • drydock

    Perhaps if the mental health agency in town wasn’t going out and recruiting homeless people from around the state to come here for their “study” we wouldn’t need such a big budget to clean up the downtown.

    And yes, you did read that correctly. The influx of homeless you see in Seminary Park is people that have been relocated here with federal grant money given to the mental health society. Good for their bottom line. Not so good for the community members who will have to pay the cost of caring for additional dependents.

    Good luck to the schools…

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