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It's going to cost more to park in parts of a South Coast City

City of Santa Barbara
The City of Santa Barbara is raising its downtown parking rates to cover increased operational and maintenance costs.

Santa Barbara's downtown lots going from $1.50 to $2.50 an hour, but first 75 minutes remains free.

It’s going to cost more to use city-owned parking lots in parts of a South Coast community starting this weekend.

The City of Santa Barbara is increasing its hourly rate in its downtown lots staring on July 1st. It will go from $1.50 to $2.50 an hour. City officials say the hike is necessary to cover rising operational and maintenance costs.

However, the first 75 minutes will remain free. The city offers lower cost monthly permits for those who live, and work in the downtown area.

The city operates ten parking lots and five parking structures, with more than 3,000 parking stalls.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.