[Update: The council approved the resolutions clearing the way for higher parking fees.]

The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will consider a pair of resolutions that would green light a hike in rates for parking meters, for parking garages and surface parking lots and for long-term parking lease agreements for consolidated government-owned parking areas. Just don’t call it a tax increase for crying out loud.

Under the resolutions, parking meter fees would rise from the current .25 cents per half hour to .35 cents. For two hours on a meter the cost would rise from .60 cents to $1.

The cost of using one of the downtown parking towers would rise the most sharply in terms of percentage. Currently it costs motorists .25 cents for up to a half hour in a parking garage. That cost would double to .50 cents for fiscal year 2012-2013 and go up another quarter in each of the following fiscal years. By 2014-15 it would cost $1 for a half hour in a parking tower. The price increases for longer-period parking the towers and surface lots also rise commensurately.

Long-term parking leases would also rise. A monthly parking-tower lease, currently at $35 per vehicle, would rise $5 in each of the coming three fiscal years: to $40 for 2012-2013, which begins Nov. 1; to $45 for 2013-2014 and to $50 for 2014-2015.

To see the proposed fee schedule for parking meters click here.

For the parking towers and other areas, go here.

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