Baltimore City‘s Board of Estimates will vote this week on a set of fee increases for parking garages located in the city.
The increases would affect rates at garages on Caroline, Baltimore and West streets while adding a new, monthly overnight plan at the garage located on Saint Paul Street.
The increase would amount to about a dollar more per day at the Caroline Street garage. The cost would go up by $3 per day for evening parking on Baltimore Street.
The proposal would also seek to discount residents who park at the garage on Saint Paul Street.
The $200 monthly charge for overnight parking by nearby residents there would go down by about $90.
The Parking Authority of Baltimore City, which is recommending the increases, said in board documents that members think the increases are “warranted at this time” due to the rising costs of maintaining the garages.
Peter Little, executive director of the parking authority, said the new rates should generate between $150,000 and $200,000 more per year for Baltimore City, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The proposal adds that parking rates haven’t increased since 2007.
“However, operating costs continue to increase,” parking officials wrote. “Liability insurance costs, health insurance and payroll costs for staff utilities, and improvements to the facilities such as better lighting, revenue control equipment, security cameras, etc. have all contributed.”