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Parking fine hike meets resistance


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Downtown business representatives want Columbus to reconsider proposed $50 parking tickets, saying the fines will drive visitors and customers away.

If implemented, the fee would be the “kiss of death for downtown,” said Lou Marr, who owns properties in the 400 block of Washington Street.

At Tuesday’s Columbus City Council meeting, Downtown Merchants Association members and business owners said they would prefer paid parking instead of increased parking fines.

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