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Board prepares for parking ramp fees

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—The Municipal Parking Utility Board met Wednesday evening to discuss a timeline for the parking ramp fee stations.

Parking has always been free downtown; but, the ramps aren't making any money.

The board hopes the fees will help them maintain the ramps better.

When the new system begins, people will be able to park in the Main Street, La Crosse Center and Market Square Ramps for free for the first three hours, after that you'll have to pay 50 cents an hour.

Pay stations have already been installed but they're not turned on yet.

The board is still working on new signs for the ramps and they need to find a credit card company to process all of the ramps transactions.

They're hoping to have the pay stations live by Oktoberfest.

"It's not even so much as to focus on the dollar and cents end of it but it would be a very good trial to just test the system and to test the public's response," Audrey Kader, board member said.

They're also working on installing cameras in the ramps for safety.  The city hopes to take bids for the cameras in October and have them up by the end of the year.

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