Broken Birmingham meters can mean free parking

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Free parking may be about to become a thing of the past at many spots in downtown Birmingham.

City officials told The Birmingham News a recent survey showed 950 of Birmingham's about 6,000 parking meters don't work.

Birmingham Traffic Engineer Greg Dawkins said some meters just don't work when you put in a quarter. Others have lids dangling where they have been raided by thieves.

The city's collections from meters have declined from $1.2 million in 2009 to a projected $919,500 in fiscal 2010.

Dawkins said the city will replace the broken meters with new electronic meters. The new meters will also allow the city to begin
implementing new higher parking fees. The city expects to spend about $500,000 to replace the meters.

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