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Lewes Debates Parking Changes

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LEWES, De. - There is a debate in Lewes over a duo of policies, relating to parking meters. The first one would raise the meter fee by 25 cents to $1.00 per hour. The latter would initiate a "all pay, all park" system, which would make handicapped parkers pay for their spot like everyone else. Members from the council said this would raise revenue for the city and would bring Lewes to a similar level as neighboring communities.

Marie Schuller was walking in Lewes with her husband Robert Friday morning, and said this increase would be a bad idea.

"I know folks that don't come here and don't go to Rehoboth because parking is an issue," she said. "And they just don't want to lay the money out. They'll go somewhere else. I've heard folks say that to us."

Deputy Mayor Ted Becker said it's important to look at the numbers in context. He said 25 cents is a small amount of money, but added it would raise approximately $30,000 for the city each year.

"When you put the two numbers together, a quarter isn't a lot of money," he said. "But when you add it all up over the course of the year, it's a significant amount of money which helps the city do other things."

Becker said the other "All Pay, All Park" policy was one with limited debate surrounding it. He said Lewes is the only city in the state that has this policy. Every other municipality collects money from the meters by handicap spots. He said this decision was less about revenue, and more about equality. 

"I think it's a means of equity," he said. "(That) is what it amounts to. Treating all people the same way and that's all it comes down to."

The vote on these two policies will be done on January 13th. The votes were delayed to this date to give the public more time to learn about the policies.

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