by Ryan Felton
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If there's one thing Detroiters can rely on, it's the Municipal Parking Department's (MPD) ability to issue citations with Prussian-like efficiency. It's one thing this city excels at.
That's why a particular statement the department in a memo to Detroit City Council was, at the very least, amusing. The memo, dated June 10, contained responses to questions from the council's legislative policy division on the parking agency's new budget. Here's one worth mentioning (emphasis added):
12. What are the daily quotas for the parking officers?
Response: MPD does not have quotas for parking enforcement officers; however there are goals and/or standards. The standards are consistent with the revenues that are expected in the FY15 proposed budget. Once the FY2015 budget is approved, the department will establish performance standards that will meet the revenue goal. It's important to note that MPD only expect parking enforcement officers to reinforce the city's parking ordinances. Therefore, only violators of the city parking ordinance are expected to receive tickets.
Got that? They're not quotas, they're standards. And all those broken meters should be fixed within the next three to four months, the department says. According to the memo, it will issue a request for proposals in the next 30 days to purchase new meters. Until then, remember to feed the meter. Really. Those new parking violation rates are now in effect.