People who choose to park at the Main Library all day will now have to pay an extra $5 during the week. (File photo)

People who choose to park at the Main Library all day will now have to pay an extra $5 during the week. (File photo)

MAIN LIBRARY — Prices at the Main Library parking lot will double on weekdays for parkers who choose to leave their cars all day.

The City Council voted Tuesday to change the rate from $5 per day to $10 per day on the recommendation of officials with the Finance Department who received complaints from library patrons who had difficulty finding spots.

The low price, originally adopted to encourage people to park further from Downtown, was undercutting other parking lots in the area, officials said.

The rate will remain $5 per day on weekends.

City officials have been tinkering with parking rates over the last year and a half in an effort to free up spaces and encourage people to either park farther away from the congested Downtown or to leave their cars at home and take public transit, bike or walk.

Rates have been raised at Downtown parking structures and at parking meters on various thoroughfares as part of the process.

 

 

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