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Downtown parking ramp fees set at $0.75/Hour on weekdays

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Drivers have been told they’ll need to pay for parking in the downtown ramps since September.

After numerous discussions, the Parking Utility Board set fees Wednesday.

Parking for the Main Street, Market Square and La Crosse Center Ramps downtown will have a three-hour grace period.

After that, parking will cost $0.75 an hour, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Lost tickets would cost $6 for the day. To park overnight, drivers will need to pay $0.50 an hour from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Parking in the ramps during weekends is free, except overnight.

"We do want to get the pay stations implemented and move forward because we have bigger goals in mind for the parking downtown which is the maintenance and managing those systems,” said Mayor Tim Kabat.

The fee changes come after recommendation from Kabat Wednesday, after an initial proposal passed suggesting parking cost $1.50 an hour up to a $6 a day maximum.

Business owners were afraid it would drive customers from downtown La Crosse since parking was originally free.

“Vibrancy to me downtown is continuing to have the tax base that we do from downtown (that) the ramps would provide, the free parking would provide, that the businesses provide because they occupy those properties,” said Dan Wettstein, owner of Wettstein's in downtown La Crosse. He’s also a member of the Parking Utility Board.

Parking on the streets will remain the same.

According to the Mayor’s proposal, the new parking fees are estimated to generate $35,000 in revenue each year.

The fees will be implemented some time this year and revisited in 2015.
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