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June 18, 2013

Review finds lax oversight at garages


Two city councilors blamed Lantigua for the deficiencies identified in Nunes’ report.

“When the mayor comes before the council and says he’s looked under every rock to make sure all money is accounted for and he can’t find more money to pay for more police officers and firefighters, and we learn in this report that there are up to $60,000 in payments the parking division did not get, that tells me that the mayor has not been truthful or that he’s not managing the city as he should,” said Councilor Marc Laplante.

“It’s a good thing that Willie has an overseer to lay out everything he needs to do to fix the problem,” said Councilor Daniel Rivera, who chairs the council’s budget committee and is challenging Lantigua in September’s preliminary election for mayor. “The question now is, will he do as he is told.”



Parking Reforms Fiscal overseer Robert Nunes directed Mayor William Lantigua to implement 14 reforms at the city's parking division and gave him 30 days to submit a schedule. They include: Install a "pay and display" system for collecting fees in the lots and garages. Transport collections by armored vehicle until the new system can be installed. End cash collectionsfor monthly passes. Raise parking rates. Ensure that parking contractscomply with state law. Consider renegotiating existing contracts. Improve security. Formalize job descriptions. Improve accounting standards.

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