Starting in mid-November a parking app called Parkmobile will allow users to pay Bloomington parking meters using their smart phones.
Revenue generated from the City of Bloomington’s newly established parking meters will now go into a separate fund to comply with state law.
The new downtown parking meters have been online for two weeks, but the city has only been writing warning tickets to date.
Money from newly-installed parking meters in downtown Bloomington will help pay for five part-time and one full-time positions.
Since 1,400 parking meters in downtown Bloomington went online this week, they have been generating about $5,000 a day for the city.
New parking meters along Morton Street in downtown Bloomington are online — but city officials say they’re still educating the public on how to use the meters.
The city of Bloomington planned to have the new parking meters go online Monday, but officials turned them off after discovering a computer glitch.
Mayor Mark Kruzan says social services should be a priority in times of economic downturns.
Mayor Mark Kruzan has said the additional revenue could be used to offset the losses from the city’s parking garages, about $400,000 annually.
The Chamber of Commerce does not condemn the idea of metering more spots downtown but says the city should move forward slowly with its parking plans.