Privatization of parking meters in Jackson continues

Source: Patrice Clark, MS News Now, November 15, 2016

3 On Your Side was first to tell you about parking meter problems in Jackson. The debate continued Tuesday at the City Council meeting. The proposal on the table would allow a private company to take over the meter operation and increase fees, but some people want to keep things local. There are more than 1000 Parking meters in the city of Jackson; while some work, many don’t – resulting in unpaid tickets and  lost revenue. The city wants to hire Hudson Associates to take over the operation. … The city is expected boost earnings by $150,000 yearly.  Also under the plan, the old, broken meters will be replaced with modern ones that you can use a credit card or cell phone to pay.   The city also wants to increase hourly parking costs from $.50 to a $1.00 or more. … During Tuesday’s council meeting, some residents spoke out against the privatization partnership. They say the city is losing money because it’s lazy with forcing violators to pay tickets, a problem that can be fixed internally. …

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Jackson may privatize parking meters
Source: Jimmie E. Gates, The Clarion-Ledger, November 19, 2015

The city of Jackson will advertise next month for proposals to privatize the city’s parking meter operation. The Jackson City Council voted Thursday to encourage Mayor Tony Yarber’s administration to request proposals. … The Clarion-Ledger has reported at least 1 in 10 parking meters are inoperable in Jackson, and annual revenue from meter change has plummeted by about $312,000 in 15 years. Last fiscal year, Jackson received $154,230 in revenue from about 1,200 parking meters. To compare, Oxford earned $470,902 in revenue from just 286 parking meters last year. Many of the city’s parking meters aren’t working. Possible changes include new meters that would allow debit card use. JPD traffic enforcement officers write parking tickets but the city’s Public Works Department is responsible for daily management and maintenance. In Jackson, parking meters, in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, cost users 50 cents an hour.