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Letter to the Editor: Paid parking shouldn’t drive you away from downtown

I’ve lived in Truckee since 1995, and since paid parking was implemented I rarely went to the downtown. In taking a class at UNR, I researched the paid parking issue in depth. I have changed my mind and now see how important the downtown is to our community and how little the paid parking should affect my decision to do business there.

The town of Truckee made a responsible decision to take over the paid parking in downtown. The meters and parking fines are used exclusively to offset the costs associated with managing the parking including lot leases, snow plow service, road and lot maintenance and enforcement. When we put money into the parking meters, we are putting money into our community.

The metered parking hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The machines only take coins and credit cards. Kelly Beede, parking services manager, said that one misconception many locals have about parking is that there is a $2 minimum on the meters. The fact is you can put as little as a nickel and that will give you 3 minutes or up to $7 for 4 hours. If you use a credit card there is a $2 minimum.

The businesses downtown offer unique products, personalized service and wonderful restaurants and bars. The Andersonville Study of Retail Economics states that for every $100 in revenue brought in by local firms $68 is reinvested in the local economy as opposed to $43 with a chain firm. The study adds to the credo and#8220;Buy Local.and#8221; Your spending impacts your community, your friends and neighbors.

Don’t let paid parking drive you away from downtown.

Lisa Robertson