Where Does the Downtown Sioux Falls Parking Meter Money Go?
Like most everything else these days, the price of parking in downtown Sioux Falls has also increased.
The city recently hiked up the meter rates by 25 cents per hour. It now costs motorists $1.50 an hour to park in metered parking spots throughout downtown Sioux Falls.
What's even more frustrating than the recent bump in parking prices, is trying to find a parking spot itself most days. Especially during certain times throughout the day, like the noon hour for instance. Maybe it's just me, but there are times when it feels like you almost need to park all the way down in Canton and walk in. I guess that speaks volumes about the popularity of the downtown Sioux Falls area, but it can also be extremely frustrating if you happen to be operating on a tight schedule.
When it comes to metered parking spaces, have you ever wondered where all the parking meter money is going?
Dakota News Now reports the money you place in those downtown parking meters is used to support services in the parking division.
Matt Nelson, the Public Parking and Utility Manager for Sioux Falls told Dakota News Now, “All the money that is in our fund, stays in our fund. We’re an enterprise fund. So it’s all supported by the fines and fees. That pays for a system to make it easier to park downtown. And we have to have it because this isn’t a Walmart here where there are 1,000 free parking spots.”
According to the city of Sioux Falls website, the city claims to offer over 1,000 on-street and over 2500 off-street parking spaces for public use.
The parking meters downtown are enforced from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays. However, residents are able to park for free in the downtown Sioux Falls area after 5 PM every weekday. There is also no charge to park on the weekends and on holidays.
Source: Dakota News Now/City of Sioux Falls