Mayor George Brown calls for lower meter rates in Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The cost of meter parking could go down in the Diamond City.

Current rates are $2.00 per hour. That’s one and a half minutes for a nickel, three minutes per dime, and seven and a half minutes per quarter.

Mayor George Brown wants to cut meter parking in half to $1 an hour.

“I’m going to go before council tonight and I’m going to ask them to pass an ordinance that will reduce the parking meters to one dollar an hour, and I’m hoping that they feel the same way I do,” Brown said.

Eyewitness News caught up with people pouring their spare change into the meters Tuesday. Drums resident Mike Korp agrees that eight quarters for an hour is too much.

“You know in the cup holder there is all the quarters but I seem to put a lot more nickels than I have quarters I still have some in my pocket in case I need some later on,” Korp said.

Mayor Brown’s predecessor Mayor Tony George doubled the hourly rate to $2 in the 2018 budget. Brown says that decision was counter productive.

“Ever since they were $2 an hour I never saw so many empty meters being utilized I would rather utilize possibly 80 percent of our meters at a $1 an hour rather than 30 percent at $2 an hour it just doesn’t make sense economically,” Brown said.

Brown also hopes cutting the cost helps businesses get more traffic after the pandemic.

“This is going, in my opinion allow people to utilize more of the meters go into the businesses,” Brown said.

Businesses are welcoming the idea. If the council decides to move forward, the decision will be voted on Thursday.

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