The vandalism of downtown and midtown parking signs in Sacramento is a problem that is reportedly confusing many locals as to what are the actual hours.

So how can drivers tell if the street sign they see is the accurate time or not? Well, it's easy just take a look at the parking meter because those reflect the correct times.

Some people may not be aware, but on September 1 the parking operating hours did change in the city and different sections have different hours now.

From what the City of Sacramento calls Area One, from Front Street to the west side of 16th Street, the parking operating hours end at 10 p.m. which used to be 6 p.m.

For Area Two, streets from the east side of 16th Street to the east side of 19th Street, the parking operating hours end at 8 p.m., which was formerly at 6 p.m.

Streets outside of these two areas, operating parking hours end at 6 p.m. and for Old Sacramento it's 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

There are one-hour, two-hour, three-hour and four-hour rates for three separate tiers of pricing for each zone.

Below are the hour and rates based on the different tiers via the City of Sacramento website:

The tier-one rates are based on regular hourly rates, tier-two is for up to one hour after the original tier-one time and tier three is for every hour after tier two.

So if people are vandalizing signs, changing it from a person leaving at the right time to two or more hours after then you are losing money.

If you don't trust the street sign, then trust the parking meter, but be aware of the hours mentioned above so you can avoid paying these extra rates.