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Parking Enforcement Officer J.P. Byrnes chalks tires Friday on Main Street in Cortland.
Parking enforcement underfunded
By the end of July, the city police department’s budget for part-time parking enforcement officers was 94 percent expended, Chief F. Michael Catalano said Wednesday at the monthly police commission meeting.
The budget contained $11,183, Catalano said.
Last year, the department had only one of the two part-time positions filled as it looked to hire another part-time officer, he said Friday. This year’s budget was likely underfunded because it simply carried over the amount spent last year, when the second position was vacant, Catalano said.
“We’ve been pretty luck to keep two part-timers,” he said.
The parking enforcement officers work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Catalano said. Each works two-and-a-half days a week for $10.50 an hour, he said.
The city gains thousands of dollars in revenue from parking tickets.