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Inside Iowa State
June 6, 1997

Savings plan opens door to ramp

by Anne Dolan

Parking permit fees will increase an average of 4 percent for the 1997-98 fiscal year. The increase largely is to allow the university to begin to set aside funds for improvements to the parking system in the next five to eight years. While no specific plans have been approved by university officials yet, those improvements could include a parking ramp.

"We can't keep waiting on how we're going to address the parking issue," said Doug Houghton, program coordinator in the parking division office. "We think small, incremental increases over several years make more sense than waiting five to eight years and asking for a 30 percent fee increase."

The permit purchase/renewal cards distributed this spring by the parking division contained the new rates.

Houghton said the fee structure that expires June 30 isn't enough to fund the construction of a parking ramp that could be self-supporting. Unless university employees and students accept higher parking fees, significant improvements, such as a ramp, will be difficult to pay for, Houghton said.

As approved by the State Board of Regents in May, a reserved permit will go from $250 this year to $260, beginning July 1. General staff permits will rise from $50 to $52.

Type of permit - current price - 1997-98

24-hour reserved - $500 - $520

Reserved - $250 - $260

General staff - $50 - $52

Motorcycle - $15 - $16

Department - $200 - $208

Vendor - $75 - $78

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