Drivers in La Crosse will have to get used to paying for parking, again.
The city isn’t bringing back the old coin-operated meters, but you could see kiosks on the streets to pay for parking — or use the app.
On WIZM’s La Crosse Talk PM, Mayor Mitch Reynolds said with a request from the business group, Downtown Mainstreet, Inc., the city is moving toward a pay to park throughout downtown.
Reynolds said the deficit for La Crosse’s parking utility was around $1.7 million last year.
The 85 proposed kiosks for paying parking rates are expected to cost the city about $850,000, which Reynolds said could be earned back in a couple of years.
The yearly fee to use the kiosks will be $96,000.
Reynolds said the rates charged in ramps, along with new kiosks on the street, should bring in enough money, so a certain percentage can be spent on improving downtown.
“Fifteen, 10, whatever that percentage winds up being will go back into the district for enhancements for all sorts of things,” such as streetscaping and planting, Reynolds said.
Free daytime parking in La Crosse’s downtown ramps ended two months ago and the city hopes to benefit from the parking fees now being charged on weekdays.