$100 permit for resident parking delays vote on Manchester parking fees
Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas appears Tuesday at his first Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting since his April 8 heart bypass surgery. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
The vote at Tuesday’s meeting is the latest twist for the three proposed parking ordinances, which were first reviewed in February and have since made their way through several committees to the full board and back again.
Ward 3 Alderman Pat Long, who represents downtown, said he had changed his perspective on the permit after hearing concerns from people pushing to attract more residents to downtown.
Alderman-at-large Dan O’Neil added that he had heard from residents who felt the permit cost would be onerous for those with limited incomes.
But City Solicitor Tom Clark told the aldermen that the resident permit language in the ordinances could not be revised without sending them back to the traffic committee. As a workaround, City Clerk Matt Normand proposed passing the ordinances with the directive that the parking office not impose the resident permit fee. This, however, was rejected by a majority of the aldermen. Instead they voted to send all the ordinances back to committee.
“So we won’t have any parking fees available for the budget,” he said.
The parking changes could generate an additional $500,000 in revenue for the city; eliminating the resident permit would reduce the revenue by about $50,000.
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