Ohio city's parking rates, fines could rise

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- A proposed lease for Cincinnati's parking system would result in rising fines for meter violations that could reach $100.

Some merchants are concerned that big fines, higher rates and extended meter hours could deter people from downtown.

The city is considering a 30-year deal that would mean $92 million up front and $3 million a year. The money would go for development projects and city budget needs.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/VKD0np ) reports that the proposed agreement with the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority drew mostly negative reviews Monday night in a public hearing. Meters would be upgraded to allow payments with credit cards and smartphones.

Fines would rise from the current $35 to $45, and could continue to increase over the contract up to a cap of $100.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com