A yellow pouch worth $15: Where does the money go?

General Definitions City Controller: The City Controller is the paymaster and chief accounting officer of the city. Parking turnover: The ratio of the number of vehicles parked in a duration of time to the number of parking bays available. General Fund: It provides resources necessary to sustain day-to-day operations of a city and pays for operating expenses. When governments say they need to “balance the budget,” they typically are referring to the general fund. Compliance Officers: They are part of the police department who make sure residents of Kent are complying with the parking standards. It’s been just over two years since the City of Kent implemented parking meters, and

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Parking Meters Are Popping Up Downtown

Video by Aja Philips and Story by Julia Adkins   ParkingOrdinance from Aja Phillips on Vimeo.   Parking in downtown seems to be a common concern among those who frequent downtown regularly. The Kent City Council came up with a solution to this problem, a new parking plan for the city of Kent. “The plan looks at parking issues associated with the PARTA deck, the surface lots and the on-street parking,” said Bridget Susel, Community Development Director. “It is an approach to parking planning that makes sure all the parking elements complement each other and work to meet the various parking needs of the downtown stakeholders.” “City Council adopted a

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Plans for Parking Meters Raise Concerns for Some Downtown Kent Businesses

Finding a parking spot in downtown Kent can be difficult, so the City is installing parking meters to help free up parking spaces. But some downtown businesses don’t think the meters will benefit business. TV2’s Michael Bratton shows us one business’ concern with the incoming parking meters. As Susel mentioned, the City doesn’t plan to make any money off of the new parking meters. However, if the meters do generate money the funds will be presented to Kent City Council where it will decide how to apply the funds back into the City. Map: Sidebar: Reporter’s Tweet: Contact Michael Bratton: mbratto1@kent.edu :: Connect with Michael Bratton: @mbrattontv2ksu

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Businesses react to incoming parking meters

Kent business owners and managers are split on how they feel about the installation of 223 parking meters along some of the city’s busiest roads. “Parking meters always bring out lively discussion on both sides,” city manager Dave Ruller said. The meters will cost $1 per hour and will have a two-hour limit. They will be active Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The city expects the meters to be up and running by the end of October and has already had the poles for them erected. The meters cost the city $172,007.50, Ruller said. “Parking meters are being brought back into downtown Kent in order to

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