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The Rexburg City Council voted against a bill to adjust policies regulating approved housing booting and parking in Rexburg overturning a bill June 25, which the council passed at a previous city council meeting June 4.

Bill #1014 would have increased the city’s apartment complex visitor parking requirement from three to five percent as well as requiring a representative of the apartment ownership to sign off on all booting and towing within their complex.

Lisette Meynders, an apartment owner in Rexburg, said she feels like the current situation is fair because the parking signs are obvious and the apartment owners are the ones who hire the booters to patrol their lots.

“Everyone that said that they had received a ticket acknowledged that they were parked illegally, it was after curfew, it was in the wrong space,” Meynders said “[If] you’re parked there two minutes after curfew you’re parked there two minutes too long.”

Audra Brown, a junior studying political science, said she thinks apartment owners should take more responsibility to make sure that predatory booting doesn’t happen.

“As [students] we are not allowed to live anywhere else except [approved housing],” Brown said. “Our only way to have a voice is to come here and talk about it this way because we can’t live anywhere else.”

Darren Helm, the owner of All American Towing, said that the bill would have enabled people to park irresponsibly.

“Talk about a safety issue,” Helm said. “You’re going to have cars parked in fire lanes and no-parking zones.”

Kevin Porter, a senior studying web design and development, said he thinks the booting companies could help by changing their business plan.

“If we change the ordinance it’s going to hurt the complexes; if we keep it, it hurts the students,” Porter said. “The main thing is the business model of the businesses that are out there: most of them are the ones that just want the money. But the parking enforcement should be about having available parking spots for the students and residents that live there.”

Helm said that the ordinance would be impractical because complexes will not have a representative there at all times.

Caleb Barker, a senior studying social studies education, manages an apartment complex with his wife.

“It passes the burden from somebody who shouldn’t be in a place at a certain time to the apartment managers,” Barker said. “To get more calls about people who are not sposed to be there and having to authorize getting towed or booted, I feel it is not fair.”

Jordan Busby, a city councilman, said the city will not be able to fix everything.

“I don’t think we have the right to be in the middle of this,” Busby said.

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