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Will Auburn Ditch Free Downtown Parking?


Will the City of Auburn get rid of its free two hour parking downtown that’s been in place for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic?

That was the discussion at Thursday’s City Council meeting after hearing a presentation by Traffic Enforcement Officer Sergeant Greg Gilfus.

Speaking on FLX Morning, City Clerk Chuck Mason said he believes Council will vote to bring back paid parking downtown.

One reason for the possible decision is the loss of revenue for the city created by metered parking. Money lost with free parking was covered during the pandemic by the American Rescue Plan.

A criticism of free parking brought up by business owners is the tendency for people to park downtown and stay there longer than two hours, preventing other customers from using those parking spaces.

If Council votes to bring back metered parking, the implementation would be delayed until October, leaving free parking in place for the summer. The city would also work to inform the public of any changes made to parking policy.

Courtesy tickets would also be issued for drivers who haven’t received a a courtesy ticket in the prior six months.


FLX MORNING PODCAST – Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason


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