Dayton Parking Meters Flunk Math and Overcharge

  • Dayton Parking meter displaying 1:52 minutes
    Dayton Parking meter after 10 quarters, or $2.50, when it says $1.20 hr
  • Dayton Parking meter claiming $1.20 an hour, on a 5 hour meter
    Dayton Parking meter claiming $1.20 an hour
  • This is the meter that's shortchanging taxpayers
    Meter W4-226, the bandit

On Thursday, I was running to the Courthouse to testify at the William Pace trial. I parked on Fourth Street, at one of Dayton’s fancy new computerized, credit card taking, parking meters that said 5 hours. I knew I had a 4 p.m., and it was just a few minutes to 2 p.m.. The meter said 1.20 for 1 hour. I needed 2 hours plus a buffer. I started inserting quarters- at 5 quarters, I had less than an hour, at 10, or $2.50 I was at 1:52 minutes.

Is there an extra charge for using cash? When I came back, the meter was expired, or is this just another revenue enhancement strategy for the City of Dayton? Maybe with addition of a lever, we can advertise our parking meters as slot machines, since you are gambling with a ticket every time you park?

And, btw- Because this is a story worthy of the DDN front page iTeam investigation, remember where you read it first (that means you DDn crack reporters). Also, I’ll be nice- On Monday, April 1st at 2 p.m. there will be another session with the Court of Appeals on Mr. Pace’s case (and no this isn’t an April fools joke)


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7 Responses

  1. larry sizer March 30, 2013 / 10:00 am
    One of the reasons I do not go down town anymore than I have to is because of parking meters.

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  2. Larkin March 30, 2013 / 4:16 pm

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  3. David Esrati March 30, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    @larkin, there is free parking in the city hall garage to go to City Commission meetings.
    As far as I know- no where else. The county charges all who park in their garage- they do provide free parking for early voters though.
    As to parking for court etc. I’m not sure that free parking is warranted. What does tick me off- is that police cruisers park all along third street by the front door- and even in the middle of the street- to go to court or HQ. These spots should be for people doing business inside- and should be metered.

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  4. Brian March 30, 2013 / 7:45 pm
    If the meters weren’t there, the on-street spaces would all be taken by downtown workers by 8am daily and stay full until 5pm.  Meters serve a vital purpose.

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  5. Auston Hensley April 4, 2013 / 10:23 am
    Hi David–
    That’s something that escaped my mind (and my usual sources of news) recently. Last time I checked, a quarter gave you 25 minutes of parking time (at least it does along Monument Ave., Ludlow St., and 2nd St. in front of the Kettering Tower – the last three places I tried parking on the street downtown). I have noticed the new meters from place to place but have only parked at them once (along Ludlow). They didn’t charge $1.20 per hour which seems to be twice the old rate. And given that your meter ran down all the more quickly I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a revenue enhancement strategy.
    I remember sitting in Arcade Seafoods a couple months back, a guy walked in to pick up a sandwich, couldn’t have been more than 30 seconds, walked out, and the meter maid was pulling up – despite the guy getting to his car first, the meter maid still wrote the guy up.
    That was one expensive fish sandwich.

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