Overstaying your welcome in downtown Camas is about to get a little bit additional costly.
As of July 1, parking fines in the city’s historic downtown organization district will double, leaping from $15 to $30.
The Camas Town Council authorized the increase through its regular meeting on Monday, but town leaders have been mulling a parking-fantastic improve for far more than two yrs.
The city’s Parking Advisory Committee to start with broached the subject in January 2020, amid concerns that Camas’ longtime $15 parking wonderful — in place since at the very least 1972, according to Camas Law enforcement Main Mitch Lackey — was no extended blocking men and women from violating the city’s parking boundaries throughout the downtown core.
Lackey extra that the parking fines are not meant to be a profitable company for the city but are, fairly, a “service built to change about those downtown parking places for financial development.”
“It nearly fees us extra to produce a ticket,” Lackey explained to the council in May possibly. “Right now, it (expenses around) 80 cents to $1, which does not acquire into account the staff person’s time, salary or added benefits. It is not a dollars maker for the town.”
However the city has billed a $15 parking wonderful considering that at least the early 1970s, according to Lackey, Camas did not implement parking when COVID limits have been in put.
“It was a different setting all through a important part of the pandemic,” mentioned the city’s finance director, Cathy Huber Nickerson. “We truly didn’t do a lot in the way of parking service fees or examining penalties.”
The Downtown Camas Association’s government director sent detect to the metropolis council Monday morning declaring that although the affiliation and several downtown merchants agreed the metropolis ought to raise its downtown parking fines, they did not agree with the proposal to double the good.
The association experienced desired to see a tiered parking-fine approach that would waive the 1st violation, cost $15 for a second violation and cost far more than double that for subsequent violations.
The association and many downtown Camas merchants get worried that the fine escalating to $30 will discourage would-be downtown visitors from returning to Camas following they acquire their initial ticket.