The Manhattan City Commission approved a resolution Tuesday night that establishes the Downtown Convention Parking Program for this year.

Starting August 1st, the city will begin charging parking fees for the downtown garage. The action Tuesday will allocate transient guest tax, TGT, money to annually cover parking for conventions held in downtown Manhattan through the end of 2028.

The approved resolution will allocate $115,000 to the Chamber’s Convention and Visitors Bureau and the commission has authority to change that amount every year.

Commissioner John Matta…


Although the resolution passed unanimously, some noted they want to meet with Chamber officials next month to possibly amend the program in the future. Commissioner Karen McCulloh …


In order to qualify for TGT funds, conventions must be a minimum of two consecutive days in duration and booked a minimum of 30 rooms for at least one night at a Manhattan hotel.

If a convention meets those requirements, then transient guest tax funds will be granted to Parking Services to pay for the parking costs.

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