The Bloomington City Council has approved a revised parking meter plan that includes a higher number of free parking spaces and lower parking garage rates in the college town.
Council members voted 6-3 late Wednesday in favor of the plan, which was revised following opposition from local business owners worried that the meters will hurt their businesses.
The revised plan increases the number of free parking spaces after the meters are installed from Mayor Mark Kruzan's initial total of 179 to a minimum of 400. The cost of part-time parking garage permits for downtown employees will also fall from $32.50 to $25 a month.
The Herald-Times reports the city will try to recoup some of that reduced potential revenue by creating an escalating system for parking fines.
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