Every year, PaTS posts the numbers that show how permit proceeds from the previous academic year were spent. Here’s a snapshot of last year’s totals (academic year 2013-14):
- $7,579,306 came from permit sales
- The rest was generated from visitor parking fees, F/S premium gated access fees, etc.
Operating expenses: $9,502,816
- $4,159,287 went to debt service on existing decks;
- $749,197 for CATS Campus Shuttle
- $2,010,365 for repairs and maintenance of lots and decks
- $1,060,394 for salaries (which includes enforcement personnel, most of whom are student workers)
- $1,523,573 went to utilities, lease for Center City building parking, gate equipment, permit printing, credit card fees, insurance, maintenance contracts, etc.
As you can see, most of the money from permit sales and visitor parking charges goes into paying back construction bonds on existing decks and maintenance/upkeep of all campus lots and decks (replace lights, repair surfaces, repaint stripes, etc.). Any money left that exceeds current obligations (which this year was $73,108) will go toward design and construction of future decks.
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.
- 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.
PaTS will continue to publish the numbers every year so that you can know where the money goes. (Here’s the numbers from academic year 2012-13). We’re also happy to answer your questions about parking. Tweet @unccparking or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
*PaTS and the University reap no financial benefit from citation fines. Citation 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.