The amount of money that people visiting West Hartford will pay for parking will go up starting Saturday because of new state laws.
The new hourly rate will be $1.75 for metered parking and a discounted rate of $1.60 per hour if the transaction is paid with coins. Both rates include the new State of Connecticut sales tax.
New state legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 that requires the addition of a 6.35 percent sales tax on parking services, including self-service metered parking facilities, according to West Hartford officials.
The town will collect the sales tax, which goes to the state, and they said the town won’t receive a share of the tax proceeds.
West Hartford is working with vendors to adjust the kiosks and signage.
Anyone who uses the PassportParking app will pay $2.10 per hour, which includes the $1.60 base hourly rate, plus a 25-cent app fee and the new 25-cent convenience fee.
MONTHLY PERMIT HOLDERS
The fee for monthly permit holders is unchanged since 2007. The fee is $110 plus $6.99 in sales tax.
Editor's note: Town officials initially said the town would begin to charge a convenience fee of 25-cents per credit card transaction but found it cannot impose a convenience fee on credit card transactions. The rate for the PassportParking app has also changed.