City Manager Chuck Strome has told City officials that he intends to rehire the three CSO’s as a result of a sharp decline in parking ticket revenue and increased enforcement needs to expected changes with the downtown parking situation.
The CSOs, who were notified of their lay-offs just before last Christmas will return work on March 15, 2010.
Strome says he based his decision on a sharp decline in parking ticket revenue in January and February dues to less enforcement and the increased need for enforcement due to the proposed BID plan to extend parking meter hours (11 pm for on-street meters and 24/7 for off-street lots) and the City’s agreement to take responsibility for the first floor parking at Avalon 2.
Strome expects that the additional revenue will exceed the cost of hiring back the three CSOs.
The CSO decision and the Avalon 1 deal under which the City will receive $3 million will be sure to raise questions about the City’s deal with firefighters. To avoid lay-offs at the end of last year, Local 273 agreed to defer contractual raises.