Parking fines to double in downtown Camas’ business district

Overstaying your welcome in downtown Camas is about to get a little bit extra highly-priced.

As of July 1, parking fines in the city’s historic downtown enterprise district will double, leaping from $15 to $30.

The Camas City Council authorized the increase throughout its typical assembly on Monday, but town leaders have been mulling a parking-good increase for more than two yrs.

The city’s Parking Advisory Committee 1st broached the subject in January 2020, amid issues that Camas’ longtime $15 parking high-quality — in area due to the fact at least 1972, according to Camas Law enforcement Chief Mitch Lackey — was no lengthier avoiding people from violating the city’s parking limits during the downtown core.

Lackey extra that the parking fines are not meant to be a lucrative enterprise for the city but are, relatively, a “service created to change above individuals downtown parking places for economic advancement.”

“It almost expenses us a lot more to produce a ticket,” Lackey told the council in May. “Right now, it (costs all-around) 80 cents to $1, which does not take into account the staff members person’s time, income or benefits. It is not a cash maker for the metropolis.”

While the city has charged a $15 parking great since at the very least the early 1970s, according to Lackey, Camas did not enforce parking when COVID limits had been in location.

“It was a different ecosystem through a big portion of the pandemic,” said the city’s finance director, Cathy Huber Nickerson. “We genuinely did not do a great deal in the way of parking fees or evaluating penalties.”

The Downtown Camas Association’s executive director despatched discover to the metropolis council Monday morning indicating that although the association and lots of downtown retailers agreed the city really should raise its downtown parking fines, they did not agree with the proposal to double the high-quality.

The affiliation had needed to see a tiered parking-fine method that would waive the first violation, charge $15 for a second violation and charge extra than double that for subsequent violations.

The association and many downtown Camas merchants worry that the fantastic escalating to $30 will discourage would-be downtown visitors from returning to Camas immediately after they get their initially ticket.