Oxford parking meters collect $52,000 in first month, as city seeks machine to count coins



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OXFORD, Mississippi — In its first full month of operation, Oxford's new parking meters have collected more than $52,000

Parking Director Matt Davis tells The Oxford Eagle (http://bit.ly/1yHe9Gb) that each of 286 parking meters earned about $7 a day in September. The meters operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Davis is asking city aldermen to buy a $15,000 coin-counting machine. He says a bank charges more than $100 a day to count what's typically about $1,000 in coins.

Parking officers wrote 732 tickets in September, with 698 for overtime parking and 34 for improper parking. By Friday, 204 people had paid tickets. Four cars were booted for receiving four or more tickets.

Oxford is still negotiating with Lafayette County to install meters around the courthouse in the square's center.

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