Tuesday, February 19 2013 9:56 PM EST2013-02-20 02:56:58 GMT
City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. is presenting details of the administration's proposed plan for the city's parking facilities to City Council's Budget and Finance Committee at its regular meeting on Tuesday.More >>
We got our first look at the proposed private parking plan. See what it means to your parking inside this story. More >>
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Cincinnati's City Manager announced in a memo Friday that the Administration is looking for a private company to come in and take over management of the city's parking services.
While the city would maintain ownership and a share of profits, whoever wins the bid would operate and maintain all of the city's parking meters and most of the city's garages and surface lots.
The City Administration argues a third party can invest in technology more efficiently and the partnership would provide a source of immediate funding for other city budget priorities. The city manager argues privatization could create a long term revenue stream while avoiding a tax hike or cutting services.
"I'm of course going to await more details but my first reaction is this might be penny wise and pound foolish," City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld told FOX19 Friday.
Sittenfeld questions whether privatizing parking would just be another short-term budget fix.
"Cincinnati needs to achieve a structurally balanced budget and not keep depending on one time sources," he argued.
The Administration cites cities like Chicago and Indianapolis as models to study ‘best practices and lessons learned'.
"In other cities, this has made parking more expensive for citizens and this is right now a steady revenue stream for the city," Sittenfeld said.
The City Administration says they would require the winning bidder to interview current parking system employees and try to find the rest jobs in other city departments.
Friday a representative from ASFCME, the union that represents those workers, told FOX19 they are ‘adamantly opposed to any privatization of public services'.
"I would say let's look at how we can create a revenue stream and then do it ourselves so it's an even more powerful revenue stream while still keeping the rates at a reasonable level," Sittenfeld argued.
AFSCME will also have the opportunity to bid on the work, going head-to-head with private bids. If the administration finds a partner to run the parking system it will present the agreement to council.
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Saturday, May 18 2013 7:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:45:26 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man accused of beating and raping a woman outside an Old Louisville apartment building went before a judge on Saturday. William Swartwood, 28, was arrested early Friday morningMore >>
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Saturday, May 18 2013 7:27 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:27:08 GMT
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The man police were after, Jerry Ross, is dead.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:21:45 GMT
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Investigators said Jaime Clutter, 35, suffered from mental illness -- possibly psychosis and postpartum depression -- when she walked her children to Binford Park March 13 and drowned them. More >>