The ordinance, which the Metro Nashville Council approved on second reading at the Oct. 15 meeting, seeks to raise parking meter fines for both parking violations and overtime at meters.
If approved, the fine for parking violations at meters would increase from $10 to $25, while overtime parking fines would increase from $15 to $25. The increase would go into effect Dec. 1.
Ordinance sponsor District 17 Council Member Colby Sledge said there is not an exact estimate in additional city revenue if the fine is increased, however, he said it could be up to $1 million.
"During the discussions we've had about modernizing parking in the city, one of the recommendations was that very number, $11 to $25," Sledge said at the Oct. 15 meeting. "I've had several colleagues suggest we go higher, but I did feel like it was better to do a number that had been publicly discussed in some way and to take what I think is the first of several steps to modernize, and without privatizing, our parking."
Sledge said the increase could assist in funding future modernization efforts for the city's parking meters such as mobile payment options.
The Metro Nashville Council has not approved an increase in at least nine years, according to the ordinance.