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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Parking fines could be going up in Winston-Salem. City leaders are looking to raise the fine from $10.00 to $15.00.

Originally city leaders wanted to raise the fine to $25.00, but lowered it after downtown business owners shared concern that the increase could affect downtown growth and add to the frustration of existing parking problems.

"It's difficult to find parking spots when you come downtown," said Salem College student Nikki Lowman. "Raising a fine would just deter people even more."

The downtown economy has boomed in recent years, and for some residents they believe it would grow more if the city would eliminate meters and offer free parking 24/7.

"I think it would bring more people in," said Iraq War veteran Anthony Koroll. "People will spend more and bring more money into the economy."

A decision on the fine increase is expected later this month. If a new fine is approved it will go in place on July 1.