Tuesday night, the Peoria City Council approved changes to downtown parking rates.
City-owned parking decks and lots will drop from a $1.50 an hour to $1.00 an hour.
However-- parking meters will increase.
All meters in Peoria will cost $1.00 per hour.
The council hopes this will get more drivers who park long term to use the city parking facilities, instead of congesting street parking.
But some council members believe increased meter rates will turn away downtown business.
"If we're ever going to get retail jump-started again downtown and get a critical mass of people, I believe we must take those meters, cut them off, and throw them away," said Peoria City Council member Chuck Grayeb.
"It's not allowing those spaces to be used for what they're intended to do, which is to be there for people to come in and conduct business quickly," added Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich.
The new rates will go into effect on April 1st.
The council thinks this is just the first step in future discussions on parking.
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