Downtown Great Falls parking meter rate change approved

Posted at 2:32 PM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 18:09:58-04

GREAT FALLS – The Great Falls City Commission passed a resolution Tuesday night to raise the cost at downtown parking meters.

Starting July 1, it will cost $1 to park for one hour at a downtown meter. The current rate is 50 cents an hour.

The resolution also included changes to parking tickets. There will now be one “courtesy ticket” for the lifetime of a license plate versus one per year.

A second parking violation will be $5 while the third violation will cost $10. The fourth violation in a calendar year will be $20.

The Parking Advisory Commission recommended the changes after finding current parking rates and fines did not provide enough funding for maintenance and security projects.

Mayor Bob Kelly told MTN News there was also talk at Tuesday’s meeting of changing paid hours at the meters from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.