Proposal seeks to limit free parking in Circle City

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Your ability to get free parking in Indianapolis could change with the introduction of a proposal Monday night at the Indianapolis City-County Council meeting.

The new proposal was introduced by council leaders with the two main goals of having continuity of parking hours  and to raise additional money for street sweeping and addressing homelessness and panhandling.

To achieve this, it’s aimed at expanding parking hours and adding enforcement on Sunday.

Council Vice President Zach Adamson, who introduced Proposal 448 with President Vop Osili, says this is more of a way for all districts to get on the same parking schedule.

“Primarily what this will do is create continuity among the various districts. We have three different districts in the city and depending on where they’re located they have different times for starting, different times for ending and that’s basically the gist of what this proposal is, ” Adamson said.

The city estimates standardizing meters in parking meter districts will generate about $1.1 million in additional revenue annually for those areas. A city spokesperson said the revenue will create a fund to reduce homelessness and panhandling through more engagement from public safety officials and funding outreach teams to provide services for the homeless. Remaining money would be used to fund street sweeping in parking meter districts.

With the introduction being the first step, Adamson went on the say some components, such as exact times and adding Sunday hours, could get changed before the final vote.

Under the current ordinance, the city stops enforcing all parking meters by 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You can park in Indianapolis on Sunday for free.

Under the new proposal, all meters Thursday through Saturday would get extended to 11 p.m. Parking enforcement would be added on Sunday from 3 p.m. through 9 p.m.

“We will still come and visit for sure, but it’ll be a little more of a headache,” a downtown visitor told us.

The proposal still has some gates to go through before it could pass. Up next, it heads to the public works committee.

You can read the complete proposal here.

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