Committee delays parking permit fees decision

The Minneapolis City Council’s Transportation and Public Works Committee delayed a decision at a public hearing Tuesday on whether to support increasing parking permit fees for the city’s 24 critical parking areas.

The Minneapolis Public Works Department submitted the proposal, which would raise annual resident permits from $10 to $25. It would also make $10 visitor and service permits good for one year instead of the current three.

Critical areas are typically those in which on-street parking is in high demand by nonresidents.

Parking permit fees have been the same since 1976 and an increase is needed to cover administrative costs, department officials said.

The committee will not make a decision until the department provides more financial information. The committee also directed the department to re-evaluate each critical parking area.

– Shannon Fiecke