Dec 9, 2015 11:50 AM

Portsmouth City Council votes to reduce free holiday parking

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Portsmouth City Council has unanimously voted to reduce the number of days free parking is offered in the city during the holiday season by just less than two weeks.

The Portsmouth Herald reports council members voted 9-0 Monday to cut 12 free parking days following a recommendation by City Manager John Bohenko.

In the past, free parking had been extended to motorists in Portsmouth for three weeks from mid-December to Jan. 2.

A memo penned by Bohenko to city councilors suggested that they vote to decrease the number of free parking days by nine as a measure to curb revenue losses.

Bohenko says Portsmouth would've lost about $154,000 in parking revenue if city council had decided to stick with three weeks of free parking.

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