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Free parking project in Bracebridge could kick off this July

A free parking trial is not far off for the main street in Bracebridge.

During the General Committee meeting on Tuesday morning, council discussed the plans of the six-month trial period where the 300 metered parking spots would be offered for free downtown.

The working group had found there would be close to $60,000 in loss of revenue from the meters being bagged for the six-month period.

Council members wanted to make sure residents were fully aware that while this is considered free parking, it is still coming at a cost.

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The town will be taking about $62,000 from various reserves to offset the loss in revenue and pay for a parking enforcement officer.

Parking spaces will be subject to the usual three-hour time limit and this will be enforced heavily with fines.

Meters will be bagged from July 1st to December 31st and following this, council will rate the success of the program and decide if it is feasible to continue offering free parking.

The final decision to kick off the pilot project will be made during the next council meeting on May 25th.

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