Dear Faculty and Staff,
We never enjoy sending email with that kind of subject line, but are doing so to prepare you for a parking fee increase that will go into effect in Fall 2021. The current parking fee at UW-Green Bay has been substantially lower than many of the other University of Wisconsin campuses for several years. This rate increase was originally scheduled for 2020 but deferred due to Covid. Unfortunately, we cannot delay the increase any longer. In addition to these fee adjustments, we are taking steps to recover costs from external parties, including assessing a fee for ticket sales to public events at the Kress Events Center and Weidner Center.
This Fall, parking fees will be:
To put this in context, below you will find information regarding UW-Green Bay’s approach to parking fees.
Why UW-Green Bay Charges Parking Fees
Under Wisconsin law §36.11, Universities are directed to charge parking fees to cover the cost of construction and maintenance of parking facilities. Parking permit fees fund new lot constructions, the resurfacing and/or filling of cracks in existing lots, painting lines, snow removal, signage, and general upkeep such as debris removal. The fees cover services similar to those covered by municipal taxes, and without them our campus infrastructure would become unusable and unsafe.
Maintaining our Campus for the Future
Parking Operations and Facilities Management work closely together to strategically plan for both the immediate and long-term campus infrastructure needs. We have identified areas of concern and construction payment schedules are such that a significant cash balance is needed in the previous fiscal year in order to initiate a project for the following year. The fee increase reflects our preparations for the following anticipated project costs, which must be completed over the next several years to maintain access to campus.
If the fund balance is not present or sufficient enough to complete work, necessary repair projects are suspended. Deferring projects means they become more costly as the age and condition of the needed work worsens. It is important that we take care our campus for today and into the future.
These increases will occur for Fall 2021 when semester permits go on sale. Those employees eligible for yearly permits through payroll deduction will also be affected by these increases upon their Fall 2021.
Pay By App Option
University Parking has teamed up with ParkMobile, LLC to provide paid parking for our more frequent visitors who have exhausted their 5 free days of visits, but don’t feel the longer Semester or Yearly parking permit is necessary. This partnership provides both a significant increase in ease of obtaining parking rights and also cost savings to these more frequent visitors. ParkMobile is a nationwide provider of parking services, so the App you download will work at thousands of other locations nationwide; not just UW-Green Bay. More information on pay-by-app.
University Parking can provide more information and answer any questions about this or other parking services. They can be directed to Parking@uwgb.edu.
Sheryl Van Gruensven
CBO/ Senior Vice Chancellor for Institutional Strategy