Outsourcing Rita

Steve Lackmeyer floats the idea of privatizing OKC’s meter-maid contingent:

I’ve heard some arguments for making such a change — that the current enforcement is predatory — that the city’s approach is to literally stalk out cars and swoop in with tickets as soon as a meter expires. Others mention that the current meter enforcement officers are unionized — thus there are rules against them doubling up as “ambassadors” who can provide maps and helpful information on getting around downtown.

I really don’t see why enforcement patterns would differ were the service outsourced: the city presumably has a revenue target, and any contractor they hired would almost certainly have a revenue target.

And really, I’m not so keen on diverting parking-enforcement personnel to other duties, unless of course they’re about to ticket my car.

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