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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Parking just got a little more expensive in Grand Rapids. Tuesday night city commissioners approved raising downtown meters by 25 cents to $1.75 per hour.

Neighborhood meters will increase to 50 cents per hour, but rates at downtown parking ramps will stay the same.

"We want any way we can to encourage people to use our ramps and to get them off the streets so those short-term meters turn over more rapidly for the benefit of the merchants," says Mayor George Heartwell.

This is the first time Grand Rapid has raised parking meter rates in 15 years.