Parking meters in Phoenix will have extended operating hours beginning Aug. 18.

As part of the City Council’s action to balance the budget, city of Phoenix parking meters will be enforced from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., including weekends and holidays.

“The new hours were enacted to increase the turnover of parking spaces in central Phoenix and downtown areas where meters are most often used,” said city officials in a statement.

Meter rates will be changing in November. The council decided to enact new demand-based pricing for meters. Rates at credit-card-enabled machines will vary from 50 cents to $4 per hour depending on location. Higher rates will be reserved for spaces in high-demand areas during special events.

Until the demand-based pricing takes effect, meter rates will remain at $1.50 per hour.

The city has purchased and installed 598 new single-space, credit-card-enabled meters, which is 81 percent of Phoenix’s meters. All coin-only meters were lowered to $1 per hour beginning in August.

City staff is also working to incorporate pay-by-cellphone technology. That option may be available at meters in early 2015.

For questions or comments about parking meters in Phoenix, call (602) 261-8090 or email parking.meters@phoenix.gov.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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