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Friday, May 28, 2010

Parking ticket revenue way up

Move from Corps of Commissionaires to Securitas brought millions of dollars into city coffers

Posted By on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 3:02 PM

HRM parking ticket revenue has increased 45% in three years, a direct result of the city taking the parking enforcement revenue away from the Corps of Commissionaires and awarding it to Securitas. That switch was made on September 1, 2008, soon into the 2008/09 fiscal year (which runs from April 1-March 31). Here are the total fines paid over the last three years:
2007/08 $2.4 million
2008/09 $3.4 million
2009/10 $3.5 million
According to Jerry Blackwood, who oversees the city's parking programs, the $1.1 annual increase came because the Commissionaires only kept five enforcement officers on duty at any one time, while Securitas has 10 on enforcement officers on duty.

As Bruce Wark pointed out last year, the Commissionaires-employed officers were paid $12.50 an hour, while Securitas' officers only make minimum wage.

Parking enforcement officers give tickets for expired meters, but also for illegally parking in other areas, and for parking too long in an unmetered space.

Interestingly, HRM collects more from parking fines than it does from parking meters. For each of the three years listed above, parking meter revenue was essentially flat, at $2.6 million.

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