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Bloomington Considers Eliminating Free Parking, Increasing Parking Fines

Parking meters in downtown Bloomington (Becca Costello, WFIU/WTIU News)

Bloomington could soon see a host of public parking changes as soon as next year.

Among the changes the council is considering: eliminating free parking in downtown lots and garages, modifying on-street parking hours and increasing parking fines by $10.

Bloomington Parking Commission chairman Jim Blickensdorf says updating the parking regulations is a necessary step to generate more revenue.

“The first step really is to shift parking policy and pricing so that we allocate resources on street for short term parkers, and we use our garage assets for long term parkers," Blickensdorf says.

The proposal also suggests eliminating zone seven street parking for IU Greek housing and adding a new patrolled parking zone in the historic Garden Hill neighborhood to address illegal parking.

The council will revisit the amendment proposal during a public hearing Sept. 19. 

Proposed changes to parking permit fees

All changes would go into effect Aug. 15, 2019.

Residential permit: increase to $45 (current fee is $25)

"All zone" permit for residents: increase to $103 (current fee is $50)

Downtown employee permit: increase to $103 (current fee is $75)

Proposed changes to parking garages

Parking in the 4th Street, Morton Street, and Walnut Street garages is currently free for the first three hours.

Starting Jan. 1, 2019, only the first hour would be free. After that, the charge would be 50 cents per hour. 

Starting Jan. 1, 2021, there would be no free parking in garages. 

Proposed changes to parking ticket fines

The current minimum parking ticket fine is $20.

On or after Jan. 1, 2019 the minimum fine would be increased to $30. 

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