STAUNTON, Va. - Beth Thompson works in downtown Staunton and usually pays to park in one of the lots or garages.
She was surprised to hear news that there is a proposal among city council to raise the parking rates at the lots and garages in downtown Staunton.
"You know, parking downtown five days a week, when you don't have a pass, and have to use meters can get pretty expensive," says Thompson, "I think as Staunton's tourism is increasing, they've realized they can make more money on people coming in and parking, but it really stinks for people who work downtown."
The proposed increases include meter parking increasing from $.25 to $.50 an hour. Spots in the hourly garages could be increased from $.50 to $1.00. Monthly parking in the garages could be increased from $25.00 to $30.00 and monthly parking in the wharf may see a fee increase from $20.00 to $24.00.
The recommended increase was proposed to cover debt and new parking equipment costs such as a credit card machine at the New Street deck.
That's something even Beth would be convenient, but she also thinks there could be other options.
"We get a lot of people who need change so they can get out of the garage so having that credit card machine makes sense," says Thompson, "if they have to raise fees for that, it's not horrible, but not ideal."