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Despite previous warning, Los Altos downtown employee parking fee to remain same


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos business owners and employees received letters in the fall warning of a possible rate hike for the annual parking permit. Economic development coordinator Anthony Carnesecca said last week that an increase will not take effect anytime soon.

City of Los Altos economic development coordinator Anthony Carnesecca in October teased two possible changes to the coming year’s downtown employee parking permit: a shift in the permit cycle to reflect the calendar year and a more than doubling of the annual renewal rate. As of this month, it’s official that only the first option will be enacted for now.

For those dreading a jump of $37 to $100 for a 2020-2021 parking permit comes good news – because of the Los Altos City Council’s overflowing agendas, the fee schedule was not on the docket for review before the close of the year. At the earliest, the increase would take effect in 2021.

Days after a letter was sent to parking permit holders notifying them that the $63 fee increase was on hold, Carnesecca said last week he believed the council held a study session on the matter at which a consultant presented to city leaders, but the council’s end-of-year workload precluded consideration.

A date has yet to be set for discussion of the fee schedule.

“I talked with the city’s finance director and the police chief and even if it gets adopted mid-year, we won’t increase costs until 2021,” Carnesecca said. “It wouldn’t be fair for people who purchased the permit later in the year.”

Carnesecca previously noted that the city hasn’t increased parking permit fees in 13 years, except an additional $1 charged in 2018, taking the permit from $36 annually to $37. If the permit price does rise, monies generated would be directed to a fund dedicated to improving the parking plazas, he previously told the Town Crier.

The portal from which merchants and employees in the downtown parking district purchase their permits, losaltos.getapermit.net, opened applications for the coming year Dec. 1. The permits will take effect Jan. 1 in accordance with the new January to December permit cycle. Quarterly permits are available at the site for $12.

For more information on the downtown employee parking program, visit losaltosca.gov/ed/page/downtown-employee-parking-permit-program.

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