Wilmington meter rates doubled

June 24, 2009 3:51:29 PM PDT
For the first time in four decades, they're doubling parking meter rates in downtown Wilmington.This was the first day meter rates doubled in the city of Wilmington, $1 an hour instead of fifty cents, and come July 1, parking tickets will jump by $15.

However, when compared to rates in other cities, the rates do not seem to be excessive.

In Philadelphia, Center City rates are $2 an hour, and in Rehoboth Beach Delaware hourly parking is $1.50 near the beach and $1.25 slightly further away.

"You guys get off easy, we pay $1.50 an hour in D.C.," Arthur Allen of Washington, D.C. said.

"Services have to be provided. It takes revenue to provide those services and so consequently we're doing just about what every other municipality, town, city, state is trying to do which is find that additional revenues," Communications Director John Rago said.

Those with violations don't like the idea of paying more, and neither do those who park on metered streets.

"Don't like that, especially for people who are coming in here on a daily basis," Samuel Ward of Newark said.

The alternative could be worse. Vehicles with excessive unpaid tickets will get the boot which is even more expensive to have removed.

Again, meter rates doubled today, but parking tickets won't go up until July 1.

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