Senior citizens get parking deal

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Area residents will find it easier and less expensive to park when visiting Washington Senior Citizens Center on Maiden Street.


Washington council Thursday night unanimously approved a “special price” of 25 cents per hour for senior citizens to park in the public metered lot next to the center.


Motorists will have to display a placard in their vehicle to take advantage of the special price. The placard is available at the center, where payment is taken rather than put in the meters.


Cheri Randall, director of the center, said the move will definitely increase participation at center programs and attendance when lunch is served from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


According to Randall, there had been a lot of comment about parking, especially when meter rates were increased from 25 cents per hour to 75 cents.


“The raise in rates was keeping people from coming in,” she said. “It made it difficult for some of our people on a fixed income.”


Currently, the center averages about 90 visitors a day, but that’s down from about 130 a day before the rate increase, she explained.


In other business, council approved its 2013 budget that calls for no tax increase.


The $12.3 million general budget is only $10,000 more than in 2012. Millage will remain at 107.63 for land and 3.50 for buildings. One mill generates approximately $44,123 in revenue for land and $196,556 for buildings.


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