According to Meridian City Councilman George Thomas, the Arts District parking garage costs more to operate that it collects in parking fees.
For that reason, Thomas says he would support allowing residents and visitors to park in the garage for free. He thinks it would help downtown entertainment venues and help downtown merchants if people could park without paying. Several residents we talked to said they think parking should be free.
"It's not doing any good sitting there and people aren't paying for it. Why not let them (park for free)," said Pat Robinson.
Currently, parking is free for the first hour, a dollar per additional hour with a five dollar daily maximum.
There are no plans for this issue to come up for a vote by the council. Thomas was discussing the issue while appearing On The Record.