PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh City Council has unanimously given final approval to a bill that will roll back parking meter enforcement hours.

The rollback will only be in effect until Jan 1, 2012, but the meters will not be enforced after 6 p.m.

As part of the city’s effort to retain control of its pension fund, there was a more aggressive enforcement of parking meters.

“There has been some confusion and some unhappiness with those enforcement hours. But, I would argue largely because things like signage haven’t been changed over the meter heads, the upgrading of the infrastructure and those kinds of things. So, it was the majority of the Council that believed it was prudent to roll it back,” City Councilman Bruce Kraus said.

In light of the city’s recent discovery that it will not lose control of the pension fund based on pledges of parking tax revenue, can the city sustain the funding it needs from parking?

“It’s only three months. It’s not going to really disturb the financing all that much over the course of the 20 years that we’re going to be involved in this. So, I think it’s a responsible thing on the part of the Council. We have to pay attention to the people. It isn’t just the Mayor’s Office and the Council. [The] most important piece of the equation is the people of the City of Pittsburgh,” City Councilman Doug Shields said.


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