CHARLESTON, IL — In an effort to raise money to offset $6.5 million in deferred parking lot maintenance, Eastern Illinois University
has raised the price of parking permits for the first time in 11 years, according to the Daily Eastern News
The plan is to raise the price of parking permits by approximately $20 for the 2009-2010 school year and another $10 each year until the end of the 2012-2013 school year, the story stated.
According to the story, each parking spot on campus costs more than $300 a year to maintain, with some requiring additional attention to address drainage issues and other unique conditions.
Dan Nadler, vice president of Student Affairs, said: "Tree roots can come up through lots and blacktop can crack over a period of time. You can only patch for so long, but at some point you need to put another real layer or to start over."
Additional maintenance to the 45 acres of parking lots includes repairing non-functioning light bulbs, installing "code blue" telephones and enhancing security with cameras, the story noted.
A desire for more parking has been expressed by many students, a project that would cost around $20,000 to execute and would raise the maintenance of one parking spot from roughly $300 to about $1,200, the story added.