Bloomington delays vote on parking meter plan


The Bloomington City Council has delayed a vote on a proposal to install parking meters amid opposition from business owners in the college town's downtown area.

The council voted 8-1 Wednesday to push back its decision on the plan for six weeks to give business leaders time to prepare alternative proposals. The delay does not prohibit the council from tabling the issue once again in March.

The Herald-Times reports that Bloomington's Chamber of Commerce had asked for 90 days to allow time for an advisory committee to form and study the impacts of metered downtown parking.

Local business owners fear that adding paid meters would hurt the local economy and their businesses at a time of continuing economic struggles.

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