Council will talk about parking garage prices |

Council will talk about parking garage prices

New parking rates for South Lake Tahoe’s garage at the Marriott-anchored Heavenly Village complex has found space in the City Council agenda Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The city’s new garage, which opened in June under the management of Standard Parking, now charges $3 an hour at a maximum rate of $20 a day.

Some motorists have reportedly pulled out of the structure entrance upon learning of the rates.

“It has come as no surprise that early indications have been made that the initial parking garage rate structure was not embraced by the local community,” the city staff report reads. “As a start-up business, our garage, as well as all of the parking enforcement programs, will likely require some tweaking to get the balance right.”

The prospect of bringing more locals to the Park Avenue plaza with the opening there of the El Dorado County Certified Markets prompted city officials to re-evaluate the rates.

The parking authority approved temporary new rates for the garage two weeks ago that offer the first half-hour free with validation and $1.75 for every 30 minutes thereafter at a maximum of $12.25.

The council may approve this new rate structure Tuesday or come up with another plan.

The garage made $36,000 in July — the first full month of operation by the city. The local government has figured it needs to make $74,000 a month to make good on the $9 million bond debt incurred from the garage.

In other business, the council may:

— Support the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce in its formal request asking the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to abandon its plan to enforce its rules in the operation of vacation home rentals.

— Submit an official response to city-related El Dorado County Grand Jury report findings.

— Adopt a plan of attack relating to city priorities that came out of the panel’s team-building retreat.

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