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Harrisburg parking garages to charge more next year

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Parking rates in Harrisburg are about to rise, at least for some drivers.

Park Harrisburg today said it will raise daily and monthly rates for all 11 of its off-street parking garages and surface lots in the city, beginning Jan. 1. The monthly rates will go up $10 from current levels.

Daily visitors who use a garage for up to two hours will pay $10, up from $9, while the rate for up to four hours will increase to $15 from $12 and the rate for up to 24 hours will jump to $30 from $20 or $25, depending on the garage.

Street parking rates will remain $3 per hour in most areas with meters, while the Midtown meters with $1.50 per hour rates will remain unchanged.

There have been ongoing concerns this year that meter rates might increase, maybe by 50 cents per hour, to meet parking revenue expectations. The city receives a portion of the parking system’s revenue after expenses and debt service payments are made.

Parking rates, which doubled in 2014 in the Central Business District under the city’s debt-recovery plan and 40-year lease of its parking system, have been an ongoing concern for city officials and downtown business owners who fear declining visitation.

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