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Racine to discuss removing parking meters

Posted: 8:42 AM, Jul 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-16 13:47:17Z

RACINE -- When you visit Racine in the future -- you may be able to leave the spare change at home.

Alderman Steve Smetana is proposing the idea he says he believes this will promote a welcoming experience for not only the residents of Racine -- but also its visitors.

Kyle Woller say's it'll be nice to see parking meters removed.

"I've gotten at least $2,000 to $3,000 in tickets in the last seven years that I've lived here, sometimes multiple tickets in the same day," Woller said. "Get rid of the meters."

The Racine common council will discuss removing the meters in the coming weeks.

"This model has been successful in other communities and there is no reason it wouldn't work here as well," Smetana said.

Some agree this will encourage more families from nearby communities to visit.

"Without knowing all the details I would think it would help," said Mark Giese who lives in Mount Pleasant.

On top of having more visitors---residents like Joshua Canady say it'll help businesses.

"Then they can, you know go to other shops, spend money other ways, you know," said Canady.

However, Gregory Cotton isn't convinced getting rid of them will bring in more business.

"It might help but the economy might suffer," Cotton said,

People in Racine can also see benefits towards the city's streetscape. These discussions are still in the early stages. Alderman Smetana believes a more serious discussion about parking meter removal will happen in the next month or so.