Expect more parking tickets downtown

06/14/2013 10:45 AM

06/15/2013 7:09 PM

No one likes getting nailed with a parking ticket and having to pay a fine of $40 to $50.

But that is a risk of going downtown in Kansas City. The city is right to add more parking control officers. Having only two to cover the territory stretching from the Missouri River to 31st Street and State Line to Troost Avenue is ludicrous.

Yet, that has been the case since 2011 when the number of parking control officers dropped from five or six, The Kansas City Star reports. The cut benefited businesses and people, particularly after the Sprint Center and the Power & Light District opened. People knew it was OK to park at an expired meter and not worry.

More than 37,000 tickets were issued between May 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011. That fell to 15,820 in the last fiscal year.

That’s money that the city was leaving at the curbs. That’s going to change soon.

The city plans to add four parking control officers. Motorists will need to be a lot more careful about where they’ll park. However, new technology will make it easier to feed the meters so people won’t have to just pay with quarters.

All of it will keep traffic flowing and not lead to clogs developing with parking downtown. The city also will catch the extra cash from the parking fines that people will be paying.

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