- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The Oxford Board of Aldermen has voted to implement a new a paid-parking system in downtown.

The Oxford Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1mM3phe ) that aldermen voted this week to move forward with the new paid system. It still must hold more public hearings as the details of ordinance are hashed.

The city gained 105 free parking spaces last year when it bought property next to an existing parking lot. The four city-owned lots around the Square offer motorists an estimated 700 free parking spaces.

The Downtown Parking Commission recommended the city charge $1 an hour with smaller increments for shorter trips. It also recommended single and double-headed meters. A meter costs about $800 and a kiosk is about $12,000.

The city needs about 160 meters to cover the 300 premium parking spaces.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, https://www.oxfordeagle.com

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