Hourly Parking Rates Could Go Up In Ocean City But With Free Shoulder Season Parking
OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Parking Task Force has recently met after a summer hiatus. On its agenda now is how can changes to the town's current fee structure best generate additional parking revenue?
Town officials say due to the high demand seen in the summer, it's time the rate structure better reflect the high volume of people flocking to the area.
To do this, the task force is considering hiking parking rates. This includes rates to the Inlet lot, municipal lots and street parking in certain areas throughout town.
According to City Engineer Terry McGean, the parking task force is considering multiple alternatives that would generate revenue.
All of this to support services consumed in the summer which are provided by departments like the Ocean City Police Department and Ocean City Beach Patrol.
Though one model has not been selected yet, McGean says, “The biggest rate increase would probably be a dollar an hour of any of the alternatives, and that would be occurring on weekends during the summer.”
But to counteract this rate increase, the parking task force is also considering making parking free on weekdays during shoulder season as a compromise for visitors and residents.
McGean says the goal is to not raise taxes for the people who live in Ocean City, but to get additional revenue from parking so that day-trippers also pay their fair share.
The task force is also considering adding additional street parking, and offering certain discounts and incentives for paid parking for Ocean City residents, though this is set to be discussed at later meetings.
Though a rate increase has not been selected by the task force yet, McGean says whatever is selected will more than likely be implemented at all paid parking areas throughout town to keep it consistent.