STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Lorilee Thomas of Sciota visits downtown Stroudsburg on a regular basis.
“I like to come and enjoy the restaurants,” Thomas explains.
But she doesn’t enjoy constantly feeding the meter and sometimes getting a ticket.
Starting January 1st if you get an expired parking meter ticket in the Borough, expect to pay double.
“We’re still below some of the neighboring municipalities when it comes to ticket fines,” Brian Bond, Stroudsburg Interim Borough Manager, points out.
Expired meter tickets will soon cost $10 dollars. You’ll have seven instead of the current ten days to pay it, and if you’re late expect to give up $30 dollars, not $25.
“I’m very disappointed. It may distract people a lot from coming downtown,” Thomas adds.
Downtown business owners say some people avoid Main Street because of the parking issue. They’re concerned these increases will only make matters worse.
Wonderland Family Fun Center is getting ready to open, complete with bounce houses, arcade games, and ice cream. Contractor John Iacono expects the business will bring a different crowd to Main Street, but believes ticket increases may cause problems.
“Businesses on Main Street are suffering. Doubling the parking tickets are going to drive away consumers,” says John Iacono, contractor for Wonderland Family Fun Center.
Drivers and businesses know the higher fines will cause headaches but they understand Borough Council’s decision.
“It’s very disappointing but these are the times everything is going up,” Thomas explains.
The additional revenue will help fund paving parking lots downtown and updating meters to take plastic.
Stroudsburg Borough Council expects to bring in $75,000 more each year.