Elorza wants to add parking meters

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Included in Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s recently unveiled budget is a proposal to add parking meters across the city.

“This budget includes modest increases in parking meter and fee revenues,” Elorza said, noting his budget proposal includes no new taxes.

The mayor estimates he can bring an additional $2 million into the city every year by adding new meters. His budget sets its sights on three areas in particular: Federal Hill, the vacant 195 land, and parts of the East Side.

“Federal hill is a mess,” Providence resident Jay Hauser told Eyewitness News. “If people are willing to pay to park, just like everyone else in providence, I think it’s a great idea.”

Elorza’s budget proposal still has to be approved by the City Council.

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