Regents Approve New Parking Decal Rates for Fiscal 2008-2009

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The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved increases in parking decal rates for fiscal 2008 and 2009.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 7, 2007 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved increases in parking decal rates for fiscal 2008 and 2009.

University officials said the increases are necessary due to increased costs of the University’s parking and traffic system – an auxiliary service which does not receive funding from state appropriations or student tuition and must be self-supporting.

Based on the new rate schedule, “preferred” decals will be $145 for fiscal 2008 and $155 for fiscal 2009, up from the current $135. “Perimeter” decals will be $95 for fiscal 2008 and $105 for fiscal 2009, up from the current $85 rate. “Evening” decals will be $50 for fiscal 2008 and $55 for fiscal 2009, up from $45 currently.

In addition, a new decal for the student parking lot at the River Campus will be established, said Kathy Mangels, vice president for business and finance. A River Campus “preferred” decal will allow students to park in the River Campus “preferred” lot and in any “perimeter” student lot on the main campus. Students who have a “preferred” decal for the main campus may purchase a River Campus upgrade for their decal, which will allow them to park in the River Campus “preferred” lot in addition to the main campus, she said.

Rates will be $135 for “River Campus Preferred” decals and $25 for “River Campus Upgrade” decals.

Mangels said a new shuttle route between the main campus and the River Campus will be implemented with the opening of the River Campus. In addition, she said, the River Campus will have spaces for handicapped, faculty/staff and student parking, which must be incorporated into the decal system.

She said the University’s Parking and Traffic Auxiliary – which is responsible for the construction and maintenance of the University’s parking lots and garages, security and emergency response equipment in parking areas, and operation of the University shuttle system – is estimating an operating deficit of $213,632 in fiscal 2008. The deficit is anticipated, she said, due to the implementation of the minimum wage increase, expansion of the shuttle service for the River Campus and the increased cost of operational expenses such as fuel.

The increase in Missouri’s minimum wage has a substantial impact on parking and traffic operations, Mangels said. Nearly 50 students are employed as student dispatchers, ticket writers and reception and data entry clerks.  She said student labor costs for the parking system have averaged $100,000 a year. In addition, she said temporary employees used as shuttle bus drivers have been hired at a rate higher than the minimum wage to attract and retain responsible drivers. As a result of the increased minimum wage, these salaries also require adjusting to retain staff in these positions. The total minimum wage impact will be $45,000 to $50,000, she said.

In order to meet these needs, Mangels said the decal rates will increase over a two-year period. She said Student Government will provide funding to operate the WINGS shopping and weekend shuttle, and additional grant funds will be pursued through the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The University’s Parking and Traffic Auxiliary will realize additional revenue from the addition of new parking spaces as a result of the completion of the third phase of the Multi-Modal Transfer Facility and construction of additional surface lots, Mangels said.

Parking decal rates have only been increased twice in the last 15 years, she said. Rates were increased in 1993 when the perimeter/preferred system was adopted and in 2002 when bonds were issued to build the Towers parking garage and construct additional surface parking spaces.