Boone: Downtown parking meters coming next fiscal year
by Anna Oakes
Boone town staff and town council members discussed the planned installation at the March 4 annual town budget retreat. The council in September 2013 approved a plan to install "smart" parking meters (which accept credit cards) at on-street parking spaces and pay stations at the Depot and King street parking lots.
Town staff, working with contractor McLaurin Parking, last year estimated project costs at $216,875, with annual credit card fees of $16,125. Annual revenue from the meters and lots are projected to exceed the estimated cost.
The town plans to pay for the equipment during three years, with the Downtown Boone Development Association committing $44,000 in municipal service district tax revenue to the project each year of the loan. Boone Town Manager Greg Young last week recommended that the council secure the DBDA's commitment through a contract.
Boone Finance Supervisor Becky Love said Friday that a request for proposals for the equipment and installation has not yet been issued by the town and no due date for bids has been set.
The Boone Parking Task Force recommended parking meters or pay stations at public spaces downtown in 2010. The town council began making moves to phase out the current parking validation stamp system and install parking meters as part of spring budget negotiations in 2013.