There are 2,268 Downtown Public Parking Spaces. 1,334 spaces offer free parking, 700 spaces are 2-hour on-street free parking, 300 spaces are located inside the City Parking Garage, with the first 2 hours free, and 218 all-day free parking spots are located in the East McEuen lot (south of City Hall). In addition, there are 116, 2-hour free parking spaces for library patrons in the library parking lot.
A patron has 10 days to appeal the citation and 15 days to submit payment. If the citation is not paid after 15 days, the City of Coeur d’Alene will send a notice that the ticket is past due, without any additional charges. If the citation is not paid within 30 days of the notice, the citation is sent to Chapman Financial Services for collection.
Some findings include:
* The City needed to provide additional parking (which was done with the parking garage).
* Consistency in parking signage was recommended.
* As the Downtown continues to grow and parking demand continues to increase, a fully paid parking system may need to be considered.
All net proceeds from parking revenues are put back in to public parking lots and parks throughout the City. Currently, Diamond Parking receives approximately 25% of revenue collected from parking fees for their contract to provide parking services to the City of Coeur d’Alene. Out of the 25%, Diamond Parking pays for operating expenses.
Funds for maintaining parks and parking lots comes from City of Coeur d'Alene tax revenue, Parks Foundation grants for improvements, and parking fees. Only taxes and user fees, collected via parking fees, are available to generate money for parks and parking lot maintenance. If paid parking isn't located where the majority of out-of-city limits visitors park, there is no other way to have those users pay their fair share.