For the second year in a row, the Madison Police Department's inability to hit revenue projections for parking ticket enforcement has punched a hole in the city budget.So the city budgets based on the expected carelessness of it's citizens. Good plan. Sorry people are wising up.
By the end of this year, city officials predict, the department will come up $500,000 short of the $5.5 million that was budgeted for revenue from parking violations in 2008.
The half-million dollars in expected parking ticket losses is a "significant" red flag in the budget, said Dan Bohrod, an analyst in the city comptroller's office. He grouped it with other sizeable shortfalls such as a $1.4 million expected decline in building permit revenues and a $750,000 loss in investment income.
The missing revenue accounts for up to 17 percent of the total $2.98 million projected shortfall in this year's budget, he noted.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Madison would prefer it's drivers not be so responsible, leave their cars parked in metered locations for too long, and pay up!