What drives permit costs & what does UNCA do with monies from permit sales?
- The State of North Carolina provides no funds for parking facilities on UNC-system campuses; therefore, the operation of the parking system on every campus must be self-supporting. That means that the cost for the purchase of land for parking facilities, the construction and maintenance of parking lots, and the administration of the parking system must be solely supported by revenue from parking permit fees. All state-supported schools in North Carolina charge a fee for parking on campus. Most private schools also charge a fee.
What can be done to make parking more convenient?
- Unfortunately, convenience is subjective. As a student, it may be convenient to have more parking near your academic building. If you’re a faculty or staff member, you want to park where you work. If you consider every person that is on campus any given day, you soon realize there is not enough land for every person to park where they want. People have three primary goals when it comes to parking – parking should be inexpensive, convenient, and sufficient to meet demand. However, it’s only possible to meet two goals at any one time. Your view of parking may change if you consider another factor – reliability. If convenience takes reliability into account (ex. I know I will always find a spot AND I know how long it will take me to get to my building), then UNCA’s shuttle system is easily one of the most inexpensive, sufficient, and convenient ways to park on campus.
If I pay taxes, tuition, and student fees then why do I also have to pay to park?
- State funds and student fees are not used to pay for parking facilities.
- Parking has to independently raise each dollar it spends.
- Collected citation fines cannot supplement construction or maintenance of parking facilities.
- There are State statutes governing our parking fines (NCGS 115C-457.1-3, page 370). Basically, the law says that civil fines (i.e., your parking ticket) have to be remitted to the State. The State allocates this money to local public schools (not colleges and universities). UNCA may be refunded up to 20% of the cost of enforcement collection – this represents a small percentage of the total cost of parking enforcement. In short, UNCA does not make money off of enforcement. UNCA uses enforcement as a tool to make sure those who park legally (the majority) have a place to do so in an organized and fair way.
Then why do I have to pay to park at UNCA but I don’t elsewhere in town (i.e. the grocery store)?
- You do pay for parking at the grocery store. At the grocery store a fraction of each cent you use to buy bread, eggs, and so forth is used to pay for your parking. On your city street, your taxes pay for your ability to park. At UNCA, as in many metro and downtown areas, the hidden cost of parking is exposed. In order to best utilize our limited resources, the cost of parking is the rate you pay to park on campus.