WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Parking in West Hartford Center is about to take a little bigger bite out of your wallet.
Starting February 1st, an extra ten cents will be added to the hourly parking rate. Town officials are quick to point out that West Hartford is not getting any of the extra money, however.
“The state expanded the applicability of the sales tax, the state sales tax, to include metered, or what we call transient, parking.”
That means parking meters and kiosks will now have to charge the standard 6.35% state sales tax, which is about 10 cents added on to the $1.50 hourly charge. Opinion on the street, or sidewalk, is mixed.
“Well, I’m a student so paying money is hard for me as it is,” said Rocky Hill resident Kate Palaski as she paid to park. “So raising that, especially here where you want to go to the gym or have something to eat, yeah, it’s a big deal.”
“I’m willing to pay it. The state needs the money,” said West Hartford resident David Fink. “You have all these whiners who don’t want to pay tolls. The state has to find the money somewhere so I think it’s fine to pay a little extra.”
There is another little extra to pay, however. For years, the town has been paying the bank fees for using a credit card at parking kiosks. Trouble is, more and more people are using credit cards. As a result, West Hartford will also begin charging a 25 cent convenience fee on credit card payments.
“It’s really becoming more difficult for the town to absorb, so while we are instituting this change to the sales tax, we are also instituting the new convenience fee,” Hart said.
In addition to cash and credit cards, there is a third way to pay for parking in West Hartford, and that is the app where you can pay for parking right on your phone. It is more convenient, but that is an additional 25 cents, on top of the 25 cent credit card fee and the 10 cents more per hour that go into effect February first.