Parking proceeds: where the money goes

Date Published: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

2016 update

Every year, PaTS posts the numbers that show how permit and visitor parking proceeds from the previous academic year were spent. Follows are the totals from academic year 2015-2016:

Income: $11,151,822

  • $8,273,426 came from parking permit sales;
  • $838,899 received from Transportation Services charge ($24/semester, see tuition and fees);
  • The rest was generated from F/S premium gated access fees, and visitor parking fees, etc. ($1,886,691 came from visitor/short-term parking, including conferences, meters, visitor deck pay stations and visitor parking vouchers).
  • Parking citation fines: $102,771.* (PaTs and the University reap no financial benefit from citation fines. See footnote for explanation.)

Expenses: $12,846,847

  • $4,015,722 went to debt service on existing decks;
  • $1,045,685 for CATS Campus Shuttle
  • $1,082,557 for repairs and maintenance of lots and decks
  • $1,210,417 for salaries (which includes enforcement personnel, most of whom are student workers)
  • $1,086,656 went to utilities, gate equipment, permit printing, credit card fees, insurance, maintenance contracts, etc.
  • $4,405,810 paid for advance lease on Center City deck

How this year's numbers compare to 2014-2015

  • Again, most of the money from permit sales and visitor parking charges was used to pay back construction bonds on existing decks and maintenance/upkeep of all campus lots and decks (replace lights, repair surfaces, repaint stripes, etc.). 
  • Income was up over last year, which correlates to an increase in visitor parking. Regular operating expenses went down. This is why permit prices did not increase, remaining the same for a third year in a row.  
  • Any money left that exceeds current obligations will go toward design and construction of future decks. The next project is an expansion of Union Deck, set to begin this summer.
  • Citation proceeds for 2014-15 was $117,424 ($14,653 more than 2015-16). 

Permit prices are set to support a 10-year business plan that ensures that new decks can be built as enrollment growth demands, that parking removed by new buildings can be replaced, and that existing parking facilities are maintained so as to extend service life.

That’s because:

  • State funds are not used to pay for parking facilities
  • Tuition dollars don’t supplement parking
  • Citation fines cannot supplement construction/maintenance of parking lots and decks*
  • That means that parking has to be self-supporting, paid for by those who use it, students, faculty/staff and visitors. (More about parking and permit prices.)

PaTS will continue to publish the numbers every year so that you can know where the money goes. (Here’s the numbers from academic years 2013-2014 and 2012-2013). We’re also happy to answer your questions about parking. The Parking and Transportation Services call center is open from 5:00 AM Mondays continuously until 10:00 PM Friday; call 704-687-0161. Or you can Tweet @unccparking or write

*Citation fine proceeds are governed by a State statute (GS 115C-457.1-3 – p. 305) which says that civil fines (i.e., parking tickets), minus the cost of collection, have to be remitted to the State of North Carolina, which then allocates the money to local K-12 public schools. The cost of collection cannot exceed 20% regardless of how much is actually spent to provide enforcement and collect the fines. Unfortunately, it costs PaTS more than the 20% they're allowed to keep to cover the cost of enforcement. 

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