Petoskey residents speak out against parking rate increase


EMMET COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Dozens of Petoskey residents showed up to Monday's City Council meeting to voice their opinion on rising parking rates.

Council members decided to raise parking rates and if it goes through rates in many places could double.

Residents started a petition and gathered more than 1,500 signatures.

Ryan Dunneback, who started the petition, said, "For many of us employees who can't afford housing close enough to walk is impossible. So driving into work and paying is a necessity for a lot of us."

City leaders want to use the money to build a parking structure and maintain meters.

"I believe the city is in a sting standing with research," Petoskey Mayor John Murphy said "We are trying to pull together funds for these parking structures that we are in need of in the city whether it be through the county or through private development."

There is no word on when parking rates will increase.

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