MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Mayor Ernie Davis wants to open negotiations for the city’s booting contract as a way to raise revenue.
In a letter to the Mount Vernon City Council, Davis said the city has been without a booting contract since 2007. He said that since then, revenue from parking tickets has decreased while police overtime and other expenses have increased.
“We must explore all available options to reduce costs,” Davis said. “We must also secure additional revenue streams to meet the demands expected of us by constituents. Re-establishing a booting contract will help us achieve that goal.”
Resident Michael Esposito said the potential of having cars booted will be a major inconvenience for drivers it affects, but added that the city needs a way to raise revenue.
“If you get booted, at least your car is still there, unlike when it gets towed,” Esposito said. “I wish they didn’t do it, but the city needs to raise money one way or the other.”
Another revenue stream the city is hoping to increase is parking fees. The City Council voted 4-1 to bond $180,000 for new parking meters.
Deputy Parking Commissioner H. Gaylord Worrell said the city purchased 1,200 new meters. Additionally, parking fees will go up from 50 cents per hour to $1 per hour. Worrell said the new parking meters have the potential to raise an additional $1.7 million for the city.