CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The city of Cincinnati is contracting with Xerox to provide high-tech parking meters, but this time the city will be in charge of everything.
"That's the difference", says Vice Mayor David Mann. "They are working for us".
The city is buying parking meters and service and maintenance from Xerox, beginning with 1500 meters. Xerox was recommended by the city administration. Mann says there are multiple vendors for parking meters, but Xerox has the package of technology the city wants.
There will be a presentation on the system to his Neighborhoods Committee at 2 p.m. on Monday.
Mann says the plan was already approved and budgeted at the time that Mayor Cranley and his supporters threw out the previous plan, so unless someone wants to make an unlikely effort throw it out, it is already in place.
The new meters will accept credit cards. Some of the newer meters in Downtown already do accept credit cards.
The new meters will eventually get apps for Apple and Android devices and someone can pay through the app.
Mann didn't want to promise a date when the new meters will arrive, but says it will be soon.
He says these new meters will eventually be all over town, but the first 1500 will be around Downtown, but not replacing the most recent meters that already accept credit cards.