- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - With at least 1 in 10 parking meters inoperable, Jackson’s annual revenue from meter change has plummeted by about $312,000 in 15 years.

Former meter repairmen described a stressful work environment with little support to maintain the meters, and one worker even using his own tools to make repairs.

Johnny Stiff, who was maintenance supervisor for the parking meter division for nearly 20 years, tells The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/1FwxpKB) ever since 2005, it’s just been on a downward spiral.

Last fiscal year, Jackson received $154,230 in revenue from about 1,200 parking meters. To compare, Oxford earned $470,902 in revenue from just 286 parking meters last year.

After repeated requests for interviews, Public Works Director Keisha Powell would not comment to the newspaper, and city spokeswoman Shelia Byrd said Mayor Tony Yarber, who took office in April 2014, was unavailable.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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