CONSIDER THIS: Outsource parking meter management - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

CONSIDER THIS: Outsource parking meter management

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In our special report WLBT analyzed the parking meter situation in downtown Jackson. It isn’t good. Many meters are broken or missing and the city is losing out on much needed revenue.

Unfortunately, it’s a chicken and egg scenario. The city doesn’t have the money to fix the meters or hire more parking officers, but the city is missing out on a lot of money that would come from fixing the issue.

Consider This:

It’s time for the city to outsource the parking meter service. There are many companies that could quickly fix this problem.

Lanier, one of the largest parking meter companies, works with cities like Atlanta, Austin, Houston and other metro areas. They will install new meters, offer payment options other than coins, like dollar bills and credit cards.

The company then works out a percentage with the city. Based on the current Jackson situation, partnering with an outside vendor would mean state of the art meters in the metro and most likely more money in the city coffers.

One thing is for sure, the current plan isn’t working. It’s time to turn this responsibility over to someone else. 

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