Easton Approves Budget, Parking Increase
City's 2013 budget keeps property taxes flat, but raises rates at downtown meters.
Easton City Council has approved the city's budget for 2013, which keeps taxes at the same rate, but also includes controversial changes to both the cost and enforcement times of downtown parking meters.
That's according to the Express-Times, which notes that the budget passed unanimously, although with "ambivalent" yes votes from council members Elinor Warner and Jeff Warren.
The budget has meter costs going from 50 cents an hour to $1 per hour. Enforcement hours will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The new budget also includes an increased earned income tax on people who work but don't live in Easton from 1 percent to 1.75 percent starting Jan. 1, 2013. The city has raised the so-called "commuter tax" to help pay for increased pension costs.