Parking Meter Fines To Increase

For the most part, on street parking in downtown Tulsa has been pretty painless.

"I've never gotten a ticket," said Raghu Menon.

And sure, things are getting busier down here, but.

"Usually I find a parking spot," said one woman.

About the only real hassle for the folks at Fleet Feet is when customers struggle with those modern parking meters.

"Some people come and ask questions about the parking meter like they can't get it to work," said Laith Elothman.

But now, there's something new to look for. If you're meter expires the new fine is $25 dollars.

"It's probably going to be like a deterrent to like park on the street or maybe they'll actually like pay attention more to the meters," said Menon.

He's from Phoenix, where they don't play around with expired meters.

"If you're in a major business area it's going to be a problem because they want you out of there as quickly as possible," he said.

Which could be a good thing for downtown businesses eager to make parking easier for would be customers. But at the same time, there's another gnawing feeling behind the fine increase.

"I don't know like its some sort of way just to get money, i don't know," said Elothman.

And he's not the only one who feels that way.

"I personally think the city of Tulsa is nickel and diming people to death on these fines," said Tulsa city councilor Jack Henderson. He sees it as just a makeshift revenue band aid.

"I think that that's sending the wrong message to the people, you say you don't want to raise taxes one cent so we can pay for some of these things that we need to pay for badly but you're sticking 'em with fees and fees. You're going to fee us to death," he said.

In the meantime, Tulsans should start thinking like they do in Phoenix when it comes to feeding the meter.

"That's somewhere I actually do pay attention," said Menon.