Ask Joe: Cost of Faulty Parking Meters ?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 7/16/2013 6:38 pm
Don Finch wrote in asking what is going to be the bottom line cost to Reno for the parking meter fiasco and how was it ever allowed to come to this ?

It is a little tricky to calculate but we did a Fact Finder Investigation a few months ago and at the time some council members projected the figure to be about $600,000.  Now the city says $800,000.  That figure is based in part on tickets that were not written because of problems with the kiosk system.
  As part of our investigation we camped out during the busy lunch  hour and discovered the city had stopped writing tickets downtown, basically because there had been so many complaints and the city felt the parking kiosks were too unreliable.
We also did our own number crunching and found in December of 2010 before the parking kiosks were installed, the city collected in more than $24,000 in parking ticket fines.
   In December of 2011, with the new kiosks installed, the city collected less than a thousand dollars in revenue.
So that gives you an idea of the money involved.  Curb Systems disputes those numbers and so it seems inevitible that all of this will head to court to be settled there.
   The bottom line is the city wanted to give a local company an opportunity.  Unfortunately the experiment has not panned out and those kiosks are now being replaced by regular parking meters.

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