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UI proposes increased parking rates for students, faculty, staff

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is proposing increased parking rates for students, faculty and staff for only the second time in six years. The proposed new rates are part of a five-year plan to come before the State Board of Regents, which is meeting March 19 in Ames. The plan includes increases spread over the next four years. The first increases, if approved, will take effect in August 1997. Subsequent increases will take place each year beginning in August, just prior to the new academic year.

The plan proposes that:

--Monthly rates for faculty and staff reserved surface parking increase in $2 increments over the next four years, from the current rate of $18 to $20 in 1997-98, $22 in 1998-99, $24 in 1999-2000, and $26 in 2000-01.

--Monthly rates for faculty and staff reserved ramp parking increase in $3 increments from the current $27 to $30 in 1997-98, $33 in 1998-99, $36 in 1999-2000, and $39 in 2000-01.

--Monthly rates for commuter lots for students, faculty and staff increase from the current $4.50 to $7 in 1997-98, $9 in 1998-99, $11 in 1999-2000, and $13 in 2000-01.

--Monthly rates for student storage lots increase from the current $8.50 to $12 in 1997-98, $15 in 1998-99, $18 in 1999-2000, and $21 in 2000-01.

--The rate for public lots and meters increase from the current 50 cents an hour to 60 cents an hour for the five-year period.

--The rate for student meters would not increase from the current 40 cents an hour until the academic year 2000-01 when it will increase to 50 cents an hour.

The new parking rate plan was developed by the University Parking and Transportation Committee and has been presented to the Faculty Council, the Staff Council, and student government leadership. All rate changes affecting students must be reviewed twice by the Regents, so student fee changes in the new plan will return for Regents approval at the April meeting.

The university parking system, which consists of some 11,000 parking spaces, is entirely self-supporting. "We receive no state-appropriated funds to support faculty, staff, and student parking," says David Ricketts, director of University parking and transportation. "We've seen a continuing demand for parking services, while at the same time we've been losing existing spaces to new construction. So as costs go up, the rates will have to increase."

For comparison, rates for a monthly parking permit in lots managed by the City of Iowa City range from $40 to $55 a month, depending on the proximity to the main business district.

3/14/97