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Downtown Kamloops parking meters returning to 2018 rates

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January 15, 2019 - 4:48 PM

KAMLOOPS - Kamloops city council has decided to reverse the latest hike to parking meter rates downtown.

Coun. Mike O'Reilly's motion to reduce parking meter rates to 2018 levels stirred some debate at city council today, Jan. 15.

As of Jan. 1 this year, the parking meter rate was raised to $1.50 per hour for the first two hours and $3 for the third hour. The motion that passed today returns the rates to $1.25 per hour for the first two hours and $2.50 for the third hour.

Mayor Ken Christian voiced opposition citing a staff report that said the funds generated from the increase would bring approximately $125,000 in revenue. He also pointed out the city already spent $12,000 to implement the rate change. 

Coun. Deiter Dudy said to go back on a motion already carried by council may appear "wishy-washy" and raise some questions in the community. O'Reilly argued it was a new council making the decision.

Coun. Kathy Sinclair defended the motion saying there needs to be a more long term strategy, and suggested having different rates for different streets. Dino Bernardo president of the Kamloops Central Business Association also supported the motion.

The motion was carried by a vote of five-to-three with councillors O'Reilly, Sinclair, Dale Bass, Denis Walsh and Bill Sarai voting in favour. Mayor Ken Christian, councillors Dudy and Sadie Hunter voted against the motion while Coun. Arjung Singh was absent.

O'Reilly said he was pleasantly shocked the motion went through.

"I think this is good for business and I think this is good for the downtown core," he said.

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