NEWBURYPORT — The City Council approved a pair of orders on Monday to allow employee parking pass holders to use the city’s new parking garage in addition to municipal parking lots, while raising the price of the employee passes by $10 per quarter.

Effective Sept. 30, the employee parking passes will allow users to use the new Titcomb Street garage, along with the Prince Place, Newburyport Redevelopment Authority East and West, Waterfront Trust and Hales Court lots.

The price of the employee permits will be bumped up to $50 per quarter from $40 per quarter.

Meanwhile, the city will also eliminate the current $3 user fee paid by residents when registering for an annual parking permit, dropping the price from $18 to $15 per year.

Ward 2 Councilor Jared Eigerman sponsored the orders and said they are intended to make up for the 125 spaces often used by downtown employees and are being removed from the Central Waterfront to make room for expanded park space.

The council voted 8-2 on Monday to approve the ordinance, with Councilors Sharif Zeid and Afroz Khan in opposition.

Staff writer Jack Shea covers Newbury­port City Hall. He can be reached via email at jshea@newburyportnews.com or by phone at 978-961-3154. Follow him on Twitter @iamjackshea.

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