City to Look at Reducing Parking Funds
COLUMBIA - Columbia is proposing an 8.8 percent reduction in its parking enforcement funds for 2012. The city is looking at reducing the parking budget by about $20,000. Even so, the city's not looking at raising parking meter rates. Still, parking attendants get heckled for handing out tickets.
"It was kind of like, 'wow.' They don't know me, and they call me all these names, you know that's not a good feeling," Columbia Parking Attendant Cassandra Crum said. Crum has been working as a parking attendant for 21 years.
In the parking sector, the city's intra-governmental charges could decrease by 77 percent. Intra-governmental charges involves maintenance in the enforcement department. Parking enforcement also might not have money set aside for travel next year. That's because the department says it didn't use the $150 set aside for them last year. The department could use that money for training attendants like Crum.
"I put in all their license plate numbers, and all their information in their vehicle," Crum said when she gives out tickets.
The city is looking at decreasing parking's supplies and materials by about $1,000. The one thing that may increase in the parking budget is its personnel services money. That could increase by about $4,500.