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Leggett Proposes Higher Parking Rates For Bethesda

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is calling for higher parking rates in Bethesda.

Parking rates would increase to about $2 per hour at street meters and $1.25 per hour for parking lots under Leggett's plan. Garages would cost 80 cents. The rates currently range from 80 cents to $1.25.

Rick Siebert, the county's chief of parking management, tells The Washington Examiner he hopes the new rates would encourage people to use county parking garages and lots instead of on-street parking.

Parking rates in the Silver Spring neighborhood of Montgomery Hill also would increase.

The proposal is scheduled to have a public hearing in the County Council this month. If adopted, the rate increase would go into effect July 1.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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