Parking Meter Audits?

11/26/2007:

How does Hoboken control the revenue from parking meters?

Has an audit ever been done (authentic – not half-assed)?

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I was wondering about this after I recall seeing a comment a few weeks ago about “stories” of how certain Hoboken city employees were being connected to “wishy-washy” (and unproven) allegations about “skimming” money from the coins collected from the parking meters. While I don’t approve of accusations without formidable proof, it got me curious nonetheless.

Frankly, I’m too lazy at this time of year to do any digging of my own, but I really want to know how this is done. I know one of our parking meter manufacturers, Mackay Meters (FYI, their website is frequently down), has sophisticated hardware and software mechanisms to track, control and completely ascertain information about how parking meters are used, how much money was inserted, when money was collected, etc.

Has Hoboken ever done anything like this?

There have been other towns that have launched formal investigations/audits in terms of how parking meters are being used, managed, and maintained. One such city was Peekskill, NY, where they embarked on an extensive audit to how the whole parking meter process was being managed. And they certainly found much room for improvement.

How much room for improvement is there in Hoboken??? Is this a job for Beth Mason or Maurice DeGennaro? (Forget Tremiteidi, he doesn’t approve of parking meters)

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9 Comments on "Parking Meter Audits?"


timber
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8 years 9 months ago

they should also audit the amount handicap flyers that are out there illegal–cause someone knew someone that works for the city and uses it to park for free at the meters

Colonblow
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Colonblow
8 years 9 months ago

Sound points JohnnyB.

personalt
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personalt
8 years 9 months ago

what is the time limit on meters on washington.. 60 minutes is more then enough time for those meters.. muni meters would stink in the fact that there is never and free time on the meter but turning down the max time certainly would help turn over the spots faster.

I always end up dragging my wife and double parking when I run in to radio shack or mcdonalds or the hardware store. shorter meter times would be a much better thing even if I had to pay each time..

dosomethingright
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dosomethingright
8 years 9 months ago
[quote comment=”55289″]Before the HPU was the HPU it was the Hoboken Parking Authority which by law had to be audited every year. Roberts disbanded the HPA and formed the HPU which gave him more control over the parking meter cash cow. John Corea contracted the quarter collection out to a private firm. There used to be two guys from the HPU walking around collecting the money, now there is just one guy doing it from the private firm. ( Someone should check that contract to see if two people are required). Here are some suggestions that have fallen on deaf ears; Do away with meters and move to the “Muni Meter” system that NYC uses. This will allow more cars to park along the same length of curb. It also means less personal when it comes to collecting the money since there will be only a dozen or so Muni Meter kiosks. NYC is expanding the program so something about it must be working. Congestion Pricing- Every notice how parking garages charge a higher rate during the day than at night or early in the morning? That is because they understand supply and demand. The meter rates should be pegged to demand. Everyone knows that it is easier to find parking on Washington Street between 9am and 11 am. Demand is low at these hours. But between 11 and say 5pm demand is very high. After 5 the price could be lowered again. The rates could even be seasonal. Charge… Read more »
JohnnyB
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JohnnyB
8 years 9 months ago
Before the HPU was the HPU it was the Hoboken Parking Authority which by law had to be audited every year. Roberts disbanded the HPA and formed the HPU which gave him more control over the parking meter cash cow. John Corea contracted the quarter collection out to a private firm. There used to be two guys from the HPU walking around collecting the money, now there is just one guy doing it from the private firm. ( Someone should check that contract to see if two people are required). Here are some suggestions that have fallen on deaf ears; Do away with meters and move to the “Muni Meter” system that NYC uses. This will allow more cars to park along the same length of curb. It also means less personal when it comes to collecting the money since there will be only a dozen or so Muni Meter kiosks. NYC is expanding the program so something about it must be working. Congestion Pricing- Every notice how parking garages charge a higher rate during the day than at night or early in the morning? That is because they understand supply and demand. The meter rates should be pegged to demand. Everyone knows that it is easier to find parking on Washington Street between 9am and 11 am. Demand is low at these hours. But between 11 and say 5pm demand is very high. After 5 the price could be lowered again. The rates could even be seasonal. Charge more… Read more »
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