Once free after 6 p.m., you now have to pay after dark in East Lansing.

Parking at most meters and in unattended parking lots used to be free after 6 p.m.  Since the beginning of the month, they’ve been enforced until 3 a.m.

City officials said the change, which is expected to generate $75,000 in the first year, will help balance the budget of a system that has struggled to break even.

So if you like to go out in Downtown East Lansing get ready to pay for your car and here’s the story from the Lansing State Journal.