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Mixed Feelings on Salisbury Parking Permit Discount Proposal

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SALISBURY, Md.- Parking made easier. That is the idea behind Mayor Jim Ireton's a proposal for business owners in downtown Salisbury.

The city council may approve a proposal to give multiple parking permit discounts to businesses who buy them.

On Friday some business owners told WBOC that with the already high cost of running a business, they do not think they should also have to pay for parking.

Some others like the library said they see plenty of benefits with having discounted parking. 

"They (employees) are paying to park while they are at work," said City Councilwoman Laura Mitchell, "so the first permit would be at full cost and additional permits would be discounted."

Here's the breakdown:

  • Parking lots where spaces cost more than $30 will get a $5 discount.
  • Parking lots costing where spaces cost more than $20 will get a $4 discount.
  • An incentive that takes off $2 for lots under $10.
Jodie Nooman, who owns Amber Nicole's Bridal Boutique downtown, said she is not so keen on the parking permit idea.

Nooman said that as a business owner, she is already doing her part investing in the city.
     
"We already pay for the rent so paying for the rent for the buildings, I don't feel that we should have to pay to help maintain the city's parking lots," Nooman said. 

Phil DeVita, who owns the Plaza Deli and Aqua Italian Restaurant and Catering, said that paying for parking spaces is too much to swallow.

"I understand the city benefits from paying for parking," he said. "I mean we have to bills and they have to pay bills. But with all the taxes that business owners pay, I don't see how we have to pay for parking as well."

"We're a fixed income institution, so anything that we can do to help lower our bottom line costs means more money we can spend on programming and books and computers and things people need libraries for," said Andre Berstler, director of the Wicomico County Public Library.

The city says that the proposed parking incentive plan is aimed at improving the relationship between the parking authority and downtown businesses.

The parking permit plan is not a done deal just yet. The council is expected to discuss the idea further at its work session on Oct. 15.

If approved, the proposal would save downtown businesses close to $40,000.

There are 75 businesses currently buying permits that could receive this discount. 
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