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Parking Meters Meetup Tonight

Healdsburg City Council will discuss at a meeting Thursday, May 10, at 6 p.m.

 

, Healdsburg City Council has called a public meeting at 6 p.m. May 10 at to discuss possible changes to parking in the downtown.

One of the options is to install parking meters in the downtown streets, as exist in other Sonoma County cities such as Santa Rosa.

Currently, parking on Healdsburg's main streets -- such as around the Plaza -- is free, but limited to three hours at a time. Healdsburg officials, faced with a $1 million deficit in the general fund -- which covers police and , among other services -- are looking for ways to generate revenue.

The city is on the November ballot for a half-cent sales tax increase. A special public meeting on that plan is set for 6 p.m. Monday at Healdsburg City Hall.

According to an article in the Press Democrat, two types of parking meter kiosks are under consideration. One would be similar to the Santa Rosa "pay and display" where you put in money for a certain amount of time and post a ticket with your payment in the windshield.

The other would be a "pay in advance" kiosk that is hooked up to parking enforcement, which is notified when the meter is expired. People could sign up for "smart phone" notifications so they could return to their cars to avoid a ticket.

To read the Press Democrat article, click here.

Both Healdsburg merchants and visitors interviewed by the Press Democrat were unhappy about the prospect of parking meters.

What do you think?

Take our poll below or post a comment. See you at the parking workshop on May 10!

S Anderson April 30, 2012 at 03:04 AM
this would really hurt downtown retail, which is already struggling. I think the city would see an immediate drop in sales tax dollars and increase in vacancies. Has the drop in sales tax dollars been addressed in this $1m number? Everyone has had to cut costs the last few years, our goverments should also have to cut costs, not raise fees on people who live and work here. Parking meters would ruin our town's amibiance and charm for sure.
Lou Grant April 30, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I think Headsburg's unique charm was forfeited about 10 years when it sold its soul for the almighty tourist dollar--the parking meters would have little impact on Healdsburg's charm. If anything, they would encourage turn over, and the tire kickers would eventually feel compelled to move on allowing a fresh flush of tourists ready to spend the almighty dollar. Studies show that the tourist is most likely to spend money during the first two hours of their visit. Therefore, by the time two hours is over, all these Tommy Bahamas and capri pants are doing is taking up space. And sorry, if the merchants are hurting that is on them for selling over priced fru fru junk. The stores which manage to turn a profit in Healdsburg are the ones who lean toward practicality--they have found a need and they filled it. I am not pro parking meter but I am not anti parking meter either as most of us have too much change in our cars which we don't mind sparing. I think this whole silly whinning about the prospect of parking meters is much ado about nothing.
Keri Brenner April 30, 2012 at 06:28 PM
@Lou Grant: Please tell us how you really feel. Say hi to Mary for us....
austin May 10, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Any idea what sort of revenue they will produce? Honestly, I doubt there are enough spots around the square to make this a real revenue generator. Sounds like floating the idea of parking meters is more of a ploy to get people to embrace the 1/2% sales tax increase.
Ginger Grant May 10, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Kami, um.....no this is too easy. Yes, they can be stolen but only if someone breaks into the locked car in order to do so. I hardly think someone is going to risk going to jail to save .75 cents.

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