'I think they are making a huge mistake if they raise the rates'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - New parking meters in Boise require sensors to be installed in parking spots. That means ACHD has a say, and commissioners showed their dislike for proposed rate hikes.

During a meeting on Tuesday night ACHD President Sara Baker said voted against a deal that would allow the senors because she didn't like the thought of higher parking fees.

"They can do what they want I think they are making a huge mistake if they raise the rates, and price people out of it," said Baker. "I have the ability to say no to the sensors, and that is what I'm going to do."

The City of Boise thought they could install the senors by just notifying ACHD, but it turns out they needed an agreement. The Master License Agreement also included issues such as valet parking downtown, and sidewalk use.

Commissioner Jim Hansen also voiced his concern over the possible rise in parking fees. Although he said their job was to vote on the agreement.

He notes ACHD is in an interesting position and has to work with cities to avoid possible costly legal spats.

"This is really about a master license agreement," said Hansen. "How do two agencies that you pay for, governmental entities. It's a very unique creature we have in the country in Ada County work together."

The commission passed the agreement on a 3-2 vote. The city can begin to install the sensors and will be responsible for their upkeep, and removal during other road construction.