It could cost you more to visit some parts of downtown Poughkeepsie. Starting as early as next month, there could be parking meters in front of some of your favorite businesses. YNN's Jessica Chen explains.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Drive down Market Street in Poughkeepsie and you'll soon be seeing a new addition: Parking meters lining the street.
On Monday, the city's Common Counsel approved a pilot program to install three parking meter stations, each controlling 10 parking spaces.
“We’re trying to encourage through the meter parking for more long term parking to be put in the parking lot,” said Paul Ackerman, the city’s Corporation Counsel.
Poughkeepsie’s Mayor John Tkazyik said the meters will cost $2 an hour and will be installed on Market Street from Main Street to Church Street. This will begin as early as next month.
“Areas, time, days of the week, in which we can see traffic pattern and parking patterns,” said Mayor Tkazyik.
He said the parking meters will bring money into the city.
“When you're dealing with budget crunches, dealing with trying to bring down the deficit, of course we’re looking for new ways to create revenue in the city,” said Mayor Tkazyik.
However, some are worried putting in parking meters will hurt local business, saying people won't want to pay to park when they shop. But Frank Clark, a 50 year resident of Poughkeepsie, said he supports the parking meters.
“I think it'll help businesses because I think it will turn people off from parking there all day long,” said Clark.
Mayor Tkazyik said if the parking meters are successful, they will expand the program to the central business district and down to the waterfront, potentially bringing in more than $1 million to the city if fully developed.
“Obviously, through this process, there will be a public hearing where people can be heard and of course, we want residents and businesses owners alike to voice their concern,” said Mayor Tkazyik.