Parking tickets sticking out from under windshield wipers soon will become less common in downtown Columbia.
City officials say parking meter enforcement will relax somewhat in the coming year as they shift the responsibility for writing tickets to police officers on patrol in the central business district.
City Manager John Glascock proposed the change as part of the city budget for fiscal 2021, which begins Oct. 1. The Columbia City Council is scheduled to hold a final public hearing and vote on the budget during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.
Glascock said at an Aug. 13 budget work session that the change in parking enforcement is part of an overarching community policing initiative downtown. It also will reduce the burden of parking tickets on the Municipal Court and emphasize educating people about parking legally.