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Community, businesses weigh in on parking ramp fees

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—The time is coming when people will have to pay to park in ramps in downtown La Crosse.

When the pay stations are live, the first three hours of parking in a ramp will be free, after that, you'll have to pay $0.50 an hour.

Pay stations have already been installed, but the Parking Utility 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.

Most downtown business and restaurant owners we spoke to aren't too worried about the change.

They said any bigger city you visit you have to pay to park.

One restaurant owner said $0.50 an hour is more reasonable than the $10 an hour you'll pay to park in the Twin Cities.

The Children's Museum said they don't get complaints about parking downtown.

Executive Director Anne Snow usually tells visitors to park in the ramps.

She said most of them spend about three hours in the museum, so they won't have to pay any way.

But, she thinks you walk further visiting a store in a mall than you do downtown.

"How many places can you go any place you go whether its a grocery store or a big box store, where do you get to park right in front of the door. But I think downtown we think we should," Snow said.

We're hearing a different story from community members online.

Rachel K. wrote on Facebook: "Very frustrating. It's going to get a lot more expensive for a family member who works downtown. So there goes money for eating out.  Plus we will re-think going to visit him and shopping downtown if it costs. So from us, it will mean less money going to downtown businesses."

Jeromy L. wrote: "Downtown La Crosse isn't that great of a place to be wanting San Francisco parking fees."

Jason L. wrote " I think if they find it so reasonable then they should pay it!"

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