Money From Bloomington Parking Meters Now Follows State Law

Revenue generated from the City of Bloomington’s newly established parking meters will now go into a separate fund to comply with state law.

Digital Parking Meter

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Revenue generated from the City of Bloomington’s newly established parking meters will now go into a separate fund to comply with state law.

Revenue generated from the City of Bloomington’s newly established parking meters will now go into a separate fund to comply with state law.

Since the meters’ activation in August, money collected was deposited into the same fund as money from parking garages. However, state law mandates that the two sources of revenue be kept separate.

“This ordinance follows state law exactly,” said Margie Rice, Corporation Counsel for the City of Bloomington, adding that this would allow the City to see how much revenue is coming from the meters verses parking lots and garages.

The Bloomington City Council approved the new fund in a 9-0 vote on Wednesday. This vote established the parking meter fund as well as renamed the previous account to the Parking Facilities Fund.

According to the ordinance, the money in either fund can be used for general street updates and repairs.  This would include sidewalk maintenance, pothole repair, development of new bicycle lanes and even the building of a new parking garage.

All expenditures are subject to Council appropriation and would need to be budgeted through the Department of Public Works.

In a general comment about parking fees, Councilmember Chris Sturbaum urged the public to remember that “roads aren’t free, garages aren’t free and that taxes were not keeping up.”

  • Midimagic

    Parking meters and timed parking are greed by city officials for revenue. They spend too much on parks, sports, and special events.

    I already didn’t shop downtown because of the time limits. Now they have chased me out to the malls permanently.

  • Jessika

    Um, actually parking meters and timed parking are tried and true methods of allowing *more* people to get places.

    People on foot and on bike are better for local businesses anyway, so I don’t think anyone really cares about creating more traffic and wear on roads so people can drive places.

    People act like car parking is written in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

    If you can’t spend a dollar on parking then you shouldn’t be going downtown to begin with.

  • Midimagic

    i don’t want the city to have that money.

    If I had my way, there would be no city governments. They are extraneous and unnecessary wastes of tax dollars.

    Our city should not be spending one dollar on bicycles until they teach bicycle riders the proper way to ride bicycles. This includes obeying ALL of these state laws for bicycles:

    - Steady white headlamp at night (not a reflector, not flashing).
    - Steady red taillight or tail red reflector at night (not flashing).
    - – An optional flashing yellow light is allowed if flashing once per second.

    - A bicycle is NOT a pedestrian.
    - Bicycles must not use sidewalks.

    - Obey all traffic control devices, including:
    - – Stop signs
    - – Traffic signals (red light means stop and stay)
    - – One way streets
    - – Lane markings and directions

    - – All other traffic control devices for vehicles

  • Jessika

    “I don’t want the city to exist or have money, but I want them to exist and spend money on things they’re already trying to do but lack money for”

    You’re a joke.

  • Midimagic

    I want all city governments abolished. County government should do this work. We have too many levels of government.

    There is nothing in the state law that requires flashing lights on bicycles. I just read the entire code.

    On the contrary, flashing red lights on vehicles are restricted to the following:

    - Emergency vehicles (police, fire, ambulance, EMT)
    - Hearses
    - Turn signals (rear)
    - Emergency (breakdown) flashers (rear)
    - Tow trucks (rear)
    - Farm implements and animal drawn vehicles (rear)

    It is illegal for any red light to be shown toward the front of any vehicle except an emergency vehicle or a hearse.

    Yellow flashing lights (not red) may be added to a bicycle to emphasize visibility.

    The reason red flashing lights are not allowed on bicycles is that drivers may confuse them for emergency vehicles.

    If the city has an ordinance requiring flashing red lights on bicycles, it is violating state law.

  • Jessika

    I have a rear light that mimics the flashing of an emergency vehicle for that very reason. If people think the police are coming maybe they will slow down and not run into me.

    The point is that the meters have already improved the city greatly, regardless of your personal shopping habits. The city is very small to begin with and is doing its best to education everyone on the road to act appropriately, and the revenue from the meters helps. Free parking is not a human right. You have to pay for any other type of storage space, why not pay for car storage space.

  • Midimagic

    And you can be arrested for mimicking a police vehicle.

    The ONLY reason the parking costs money is that the city owns the land. Nobody else charges for parking.

  • Jessika

    Every time you walk into Target or Walmart or wherever you go, if you buy something, you’re being charged for parking.

    Also since you can’t be reasoned with I’m done wit this conversation.

  • Midimagic

    That money does not go to government.

    Government worshipers always think they are right and everyo0ne else is wrong.

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