Delay on New Parking Meters is Lost Money for City

Delay on New Parking Meters is Lost Money for City

As the Memphis budget fight rages on, one way to raise extra money is to fix downtown parking meters. There's been a lot of talk on the issue, but so far, no action.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - As the Memphis budget fight rages on, one way to raise extra money is to fix downtown parking meters. There's been a lot of talk on the issue, but so far, no action.

If you drive around downtown, you'll see one broken parking meter after another. The ones that work require coins.

Chief Administrative Officer George Little promises modern parking meters are on the way. The new meters will take cash or debit cards. The cost to park could change according to the location, time of day, or if there's a special event.

So why aren't they already on the streets? Little blames staff reductions at city hall, and a protest over who was awarded the contract to install the modern meters.

The new parking meters are expected to bring in at least an extra $250,000 a year, although Little says probably a lot more.

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