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Parking meter rates and hours outside Evanston’s downtown will increase to match the downtown rates and hours starting Jan. 2.

The rates outside the downtown area, now 75-cents per hour, will increase to $1 an hour. And meter operating hours, now 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside the downtown area, will increase to run from 8 am. to 9 p.m., the same as downtown.

The change is one of several new fee hikes the City Council imposed in adopting the 2018 city budget.

City officials say it may take a few weeks for all the meters and pay stations to be switched over to the new rate and operating hours, so check your meter to be sure.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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