DADE CITY — Pasco commissioners on Tuesday approved plans allowing park users to pay for parking and entry fees with credit cards instead of cash only.
The "pay and display" parking meters and credit card terminals will be installed at four parks over the next month or two.
The trend is already observed at other county offices where residents use credit cards to pay for everything from bus passes to building permits. Because of that convenience, officials expect a windfall at the parks.
Still, not all commissioners were supportive of the measures, which were voted on separately.
Commissioner Jack Mariano dissented in both instances, saying he couldn't support the added costs associated with the machines and was generally opposed to many fees imposed at county parks, including the $2 parking fee.
Purchasing the devices was expected to cost $52,000, with the credit card terminals estimated at $10,000. There are also yearly maintenance and operating costs connected with the machines that can run thousands more.
It will take about a month to install the terminals at the Parks and Recreation administrative office in Land O' Lakes, the Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex, the J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex in Holiday and at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson.
The new parking meters, which will operate as self-serve kiosks, will be installed in about two months at Crews Lake Wilderness Park in Spring Hill, Rees Memorial Park in New Port Richey and Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park in Hudson.
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