- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The parking management company owned by Charlotte’s mayor says it will change the way it pays city taxes.

Mayor Patrick Cannon’s company is making changes after The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/1dmARXt) raised questions about improperly filed business licenses on about 20 parking lots and decks.

E-Z Parking had licenses only for its headquarters and two parking decks in the past year. The newspaper reported the company is supposed to have a business license for each parking lot or parking deck.

Cannon and his chief operating officer Jeff Feemster said the company did not know it needed individual licenses for each location.


“We accounted for 100 percent of the revenue - I’m sure of that,” Feemster said. “We want to do things the right way, but sometimes you don’t get things right.”

He says the company is obtaining licenses for each location.

Revenue from the business license is used to help pay for basic services such as police, fire protection, roads and sidewalks.

Cannon is a former city council member who was elected mayor in November. He founded E-Z Parking in 1998.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com