Letter to the editor: Truckee paid parking confusing | SierraSun.com

Letter to the editor: Truckee paid parking confusing

On April 8, while driving back from a day skiing, my daughters and I stopped to wander through the Truckee stores and restaurants. Living in a tourist town has make me aware of how many businesses rely on tourist dollars. I try to help by buying items when I can.

Unfortunately I did not see the parking meters, which are positioned at every seventh parking space. We had parked right in the middle space between two of them.

It never even occurred to me that a small town would have paid parking. We were away for 45 minutes at most and, in all honesty, I didn’t see any of the parking meters as I walked around the town. It’s possible I missed them because they blend in with the many newspaper stands. I know there was a big group of those stands in front of my parking space. Also, we were focused on the store windows.

On our return to my rental car, I found a parking ticket on the window, looked around and finally saw the parking meters. I was shocked to see the citation was for $38. In Charleston, S.C., our parking tickets are $12. It was particularly frustrating because I would have happily paid the $1 or $2.

I have since found out that other visitors to Truckee have gone through the same experience. I don’t believe the town is very effective in drawing attention to the parking meters. Perhaps the business owners could put signs on their windows. I tried to appeal what I believe is an affair ticket, to no avail. I will probably visit Truckee again; we have friends with a home there, but I will avoid the downtown stores and take my money elsewhere.

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