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Tech regents committee approves increase for parking permit fees

May 16, 2014

By Blake Ursch, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas



May 16--Have a parking permit on Texas Tech campus? You may have to pay an extra $4 or $7 for it starting this summer.

Members of the Tech Board of Regents'Finance and Administration Committee approved proposed parking changes presented by Noel Sloan, chief financial officer and vice president for administration and finance at Tech. The changes include increases in permit fees and changes to the ticket appeal process.

Under the new system, Tech will implement a 3 percent overall increase for parking permit fees. The higher price will result in an additional $110,000 in revenue for maintenance, according to Sloan's presentation.

The increases vary according to the type of permit. Reserved spots for faculty, staff and students in the residence halls will increase by $7 per year. Permits for the surface commuter lots will increase by $4 per year. Prices for spaces in the satellite lots will not increase.

"The fact that we'll have more money for general maintenance allows us to keep our facilities at the highest level," said Tech President Duane Nellis.

Sloan said the Student Government Association, along with the faculty and senates have approved the proposed increase.

The committee also approved a proposal to amend the parking citation appeal process. Under the current system, citations can be appealed within 10 days after they are issued. Sloan said the changes have been proposed in the hopes of reducing the number of frivolous appeals -- the parking office received more than 4,000 appeals last year.

The appellant must state a reason for the citation on the appeals process form. Based on some of the responses the parking office receives, Sloan said, it's clear that some appellants were using the system simply to delay payment of their fine.

Under the current system, if a person appeals more than two citations, he or she will be required to pay their citation fine with their third appeal. If the appeal is found valid, the person will be reimbursed the cost of the citation.

The full Board will vote on the proposed changes at a meeting Friday.

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