Kamloops councillor's notice of motion tackles raised downtown parking rates

By Dylana Milobar
January 12, 2019 - 8:18am

KAMLOOPS — A Kamloops city councillor has put forward a notice of motion to keep downtown parking rates where they were.

Councillor Mike O'Reilly says he wants the parking rates to remain at the 2018 prices for a couple of reasons.

"Parking metres were put in to move traffic, and to move parking people along. And quite frankly, they are working," O'Reilly explains, "I believe parking metres are a good thing. Our actual number of tickets given out dropped 15% during the last increase, and there aren't complaints from retailers of the long-term parkers any longer."

O'Reilly says the city should set parking prices back to $1.25 per hour for the first two hours and $2.50 for the third hour, instead of the new rates of $1.50 per hour for the first two hours, and $3 for the third hour.

In his notice of motion, O'Reilly says the parking meters have now been paid for, and $230,000 of parking revenue goes into general revenue and the remainder goes into the on-street parking reserve.

He adds, his motion is data driven, and the numbers show the current parking prices are working to keep long-term parkers and the traffic flow moving through downtown.

"As much as this rate was set by previous councils, this is a new council," O'Reilly says, "And that's why its back up for discussion, and I think its important that we have this discussion around the table to get 9 people's input and consideration on it."

The motion will be brought before Kamloops city council on Tuesday. (Jan. 15)

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