The Capital City Development Corporation took two actions to adjust to a fast decline in the number of people using its downtown parking garages.
The agency decided during a remotely-held meeting to formally suspend the fees paid by monthly parking pass users. The agency’s executive committee made the emergency decision earlier.
The decision by the agency’s board also gives the agency the ability to suspend the monthly parking charges for May as well, depending on the status of stay at home and other orders issued by Idaho Gov. Brad Little or Boise Mayor Lauren McLean.
Little’s 21-day stay at home order expires this week, but he could renew it. The governor will hold a news conference Wednesday on the issue.
The agency brings in nearly $300,000 per month in revenue from monthly parking passes.
The agency did not adjust hourly rates on the garages. The City of Boise relaxed enforcement of downtown Boise street parking meters.
No rate increase, for now
CCDC also pushed pause on a list of proposed parking rate increases.
“It’s time to put this aside, but maybe revisit it later in the year – but certainly not in this fiscal year,” CCDC Executive Director John Brunelle said. The agency’s fiscal year restarts in October.
Board vice-chair Ryan Woodings agreed.
“I think we are going to need to do our part as CCDC to help economic development and help the economy come back,” he said. “I think not raising prices right now is a good thing.”
Most of the increase affeted monthly parking rates. The agency didn’t intend to change its first-hour free or $3 per hour rates.
The agency earlier took public comment on the proposals. The commission voted unanimously to hold off on the rate increases.
Usage in the garages fell sharply in March, as many Boiseans stayed home instead of working, shopping or playing downtown.