Boulder parking-enforcement officers have a new directive: Each write an average of 900 tickets a month.
Parking tickets over the last five years have generally produced about $2 million a year for the city. But the new policy is not, according to Matthews, aimed at filling the city's coffers.
"It's not for revenue production, it's not for punishment, it's not for meeting numbers," he said. "It is to manage the parking and the limited resource that we have downtown, primarily."
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It's not for revenue generation, that is just a happy side effect. It's not for punishment, that is also just a happy side effect. It's not for meeting numbers, but those parking attendants who don't meet their numbers are going to be punished. Does anyone really believe any of this? Of course it is about revenue, punishment and quotas.
I generally encourage people to try and be productive at their jobs, but when it comes to government jobs, sometimes being worse is being better, those parking cops who write the fewest tickets are the best of the bunch. So thank you lazy parking cops, thank you for not ruining someone's day because their job interview went longer than expected. Thank you for not ticketing the person who decided to have desert at the nearby restaurant and doing so meant the meter expired. Thank you for a million other reasons that one will never know.