The proposal, developed by a parking consultant, would increase the maximum daily parking rate from $7 to $9. The evening rate for vehicles entering structures after 6 p.m. would go from $3 to $5. The cost of monthly permits would go up nearly 50 percent, from $82.50 to $121.
Also, free daytime parking would be reduced from two hours to one hour.
The Bayside District Corporation, a public-private management company that oversees the downtown area, supports the rate increases, with the exception of the reduction in free daytime parking, on the condition that the city hire a parking czar.
The council will consider the proposal at its next meeting.