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Jackson may privatize parking meters

JACKSON — The city of Jackson will advertise next month for proposals to privatize the city’s parking meter operation.

The Clarion-Ledger reports the city council voted Thursday to encourage Mayor Tony Yarber’s administration to request proposals.

City Deputy Chief Administrator Marshand Crisler said the administration supports the move.

Councilman Ashby Foote said the city is losing $100,000 or more a year by running its own parking system.

The Clarion-Ledger has reported at least 1 in 10 parking meters are inoperable in Jackson, and annual revenue from meter change has plummeted by about $312,000 in 15 years.

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.

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