Green Bay’s City Council will now decide if downtown overnight and weekend parking will remain free of charge.
City Council will vote on the issue next Tuesday, and businesses in the downtown area are making their thoughts on the matter known.
“I definitely think that they need to figure out an option that’s going to cost people who are down here regularly less,” Brent Precthel, Co-Owner of Nectar, told Local 5. “When people are looking for jobs, they factor that in, and that’s going to shy people away from coming down to an area that Green Bay is trying to develop.”
But Steve Grenier, Director of Public Works for the city of Green Bay, says that as the city grows, so will the need for parking, and parking fees are the only way to pay for those developments.
Green Bay’s parking system does not receive tax dollars, and relies on parking fees for funding.
“We are probably within five years of needing another structure in the downtown for parking, and that’s going to carry a hefty price tag with it,” he said.
It’s a price tag that downtown businesses would prefer not to pass onto their customers.
“Charging that much, that’s a dollar per product that you’re getting here,” Precthel said. “When you walk into my store, you have to pay an extra dollar just to visit.”