We told you yesterday that City Council was going to talk about raising parking meter pricing during downtown El Paso events.

The plan was to raise them from a dollar an hour to a flat 5 dollar fee and do away with free parking.
City reps voted yes to that plan.

Under the new policy you will pay 5 dollars to park at the downtown meters after 6:00 p.m., and would apply only during game days, concerts, and during street festivals.

If you park downtown on big event days before 6 p.m., you will be charged from the time you arrive until 6 p.m., and you will not have to pay the $5.

The new policy will apply to 700 downtown meters. For those who say this is a tax, it isn't. It is a fee.