The Jamestown City Council may try to raise more money next year by increasing parking ramp rates and through a continuing effort to crack down on unpaid parking fines.
City Finance Director Richard Cole told the Council during a work session Monday night that a state tax change could work to the city's advantage.
As of Jan. 1, the state will no longer be collecting taxes on monthly leases in city-owned ramps. The current rate is $30 per car, and with the tax, drivers pay $32.10.
Cole is proposing the city raise its rate to $32 to raise another $20,000 a year. Drivers actually would end up paying 10 cents less per month.
"We are also going to look at raising the hourly and daily ramp rates," Cole said, "but we want to talk that over with the Downtown Jamestown Development Association, which manages the ramps.
"We are also vigorously going after $116,000 in past due parking tickets," Cole added. "We have collected $40,000 in outstanding tickets over the last year."