Parking rates in the Town of Taos will go from 50 cents to a dollar an hour on Nov. 10, when new meters are installed in municipal lots, The Taos News reported. Motorists also will be restricted to two hours on each meter.
The hours during which motorists will be required to pay when parking at a town meter also will be expanded to include the noon hour starting in November, The News said. Currently payment is required on weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Town Manager Oscar Rodriguez said the changes followed on consultation with downtown business owners.
“They wanted a two-hour maximum so there is more turnover,” Rodriquez told The News.
The town’s public works department purchased more than 200 functioning parking meters from a municipality in Alaska, which officials said were inexpensive and would require minimal labor to install, the paper reported.