Monday, July 02, 2012
Basically DALEY screwed us on the PARKING METER DEAL... RAHM will screw us by fighting the PARKING METER DEAL by funneling $$$$$$ to his attorneys
The city of Chicago has been socked with some huge — and unexpected — bills from the company that runs the city’s now-privatized parking-meter system. Now, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city is fighting back — and it’s going to cost some money to do it.
Under the wildly unpopular deal that then-Mayor Richard M. Daley struck in 2008 to lease the city’s parking meters until the year 2084 in exchange for a one-time, upfront payment of $1.15 billion, the city’s taxpayers must reimburse Chicago Parking Meters LLC any time a meter can’t be used. Last year, the meter company says the street-closing tab came to $14 million.
Emanuel has refused to pay that bill. He’s also said no to another $35.5 million in bills the meter company submitted for reimbursement for two years of free parking that people with disabled-parking placards or disabled-parking license plates have gotten. Those with the placards or plates don’t have to pay to park.
“I do know the parking-meter management team now knows there’s a new sheriff in town,” Emanuel says. “Don’t send a bill just thinking we’re going to sign it. And don’t act like you’re in possession of information when the contract calls for something else. Those days are over.”
Emanuel has talked tough before on parking meters. But he says he’s doing more now than talk.
A key step: City Hall will spend more than $300,000 to develop computer software Emanuel says needs to be in place to fight the unforeseen bills stemming from the meter deal. Long-term, he says, the investment should pay off in savings.
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