He said after many meetings and phone calls, transaction fees have been lowered to 7 cents per card swipe, which he said is manageable.
Quisenberry said they will install two new entrance and two exit gates and pay-on-foot stations in the elevator areas on the first and third floors.
County Administrator Charlie Young said they still have some loose ends to tie on the proposal, such as how to handle monthly parkers, many of whom write checks. He said he isn’t sure the new system can handle checks.
“We’ve kind of been wrestling with one issue at a time,” he said. “It feels so slow but on the other hand we want to get it right. This is a pretty significant amount of money and we want to make sure we’re prepared to accommodate what we can with all of our different types of parking.”
Commissioner T.C. Rogers said until he sees the proposal — including pay back time frame — he doesn’t know whether he can support the automation project. He said five years to have the investment paid off seems reasonable to him.
Young said five years is the goal and if they can’t, he said he isn’t sure they will proceed with project.
The 2016 budget has $126,713 pencilled in for parking garage employees and benefits and $205,000 in revenues. By automating the garage officials are also hoping to capture revenue from weekend events, but Young said they only expect to raise about $5,000 to $7,000 from that.